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The Sims 3By Cammie HallFOR A TECHNICALAUDIENCE
The Sims(The First)The Sims 2(Improved)The Sims 3(The Latest)
The Sims• From the start The sims was a big hit. Many things went into themaking of the sims but these 3 items help make this dream areality.• File formats• IFF resources• IFF bundles• All these things were important as they allow certain aspects ofthe game to work in there own way.• Theyve been improved and developed over the years but theyall still help the sims game run• Click on the links below to view each individual item and see inmore detail how they helped.File formatsIFF bundlesIFF resources
File Formats• There a just over 50 Different file formats used in thesims 3. Going through them I saw that the file formatswhere mostly binary• Furthermore the file formats allowed the graphics of thegame to be 3D. But as the game was not as developedyet some of the parts stayed 2D, but this was laterdeveloped.• But not only is it about graphics the files also relate backto the musics, sounds, floors, walls, animation, cheats,cursor, lighting, textures, index, audio formatting etc.• But there are also a few more files that no one knowswhat they where really for. But they are all important asin order for the game to work properly they needed allthe big important files as well as the less important ones.• In fact without these the game wouldnt be the same.• These are a few files that you will find; .far, .iff, .bef,.bmf, .cfp, .cmx, .flr, .skn, .spf, .stx, .wll, prefs and many,many more.Return toThe Sims
IFF resources• This part was more about the functions in the game.• My resources show me that its about thetown, tracking the sims in multiple areas, thisincludes careers and how your sims behave, spriteimagining, object definitions, game options andother files.• With this side of the sims however there are manyresources that its not understood how it helps thegame but just like all the other files they areimportant. Further investigation shows me that theymay be something to do with families in theneighbour hood, rotating objects templates(althoughunknown what for), the houses; floors, walls and thehouse in general.• Some examples of these files are;rsmp, BCON, CARR, CTSS, DGRP, FAMs, FWAV,GLOB, OBJf, PALT, SPR# and so on and so forth.Return toThe Sims
IFF bundles• This part of designing sims was a lot more complicated than the rest.So Ive broken it down for you.• Careers.– Using the CARR resource, the game is able to track your SimsCareer. The 2 STR# is important as it allows the sims to trackthere careers.– There is another features called strings; one is called GradeStrings and it tells the user how well a child is doing in school, theother is called performance strings and that allows the user totrack there sims Career by telling them how well there doing at it.– The variety of CARR resources alas make sure, thetimes, pay, name & jobs of each job are done correctly. There iseven a code for unemployment, D11.• People– This is more about the characters round town, not the actualcharacters you control. Depending the different resources thecharacters will have features, variety of controls and even therenames. These resources are OBJD & CTSS. BMP_ gives thecharacters there looks. SLOT allows your sims to approachobjects in the game. GLOB provides global interactions, withothers around the town. BHAV, TPRP & TREE, which allows yoursims to be interactive and have actions much like ordinary people.IFF give the people around town names. And there are manymore programs that give the sims there wonderful features.These are just a few of the important ones.Return toThe Sims