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The ‘Meaningful Stories’ Mod Makes Your Sims A Lot Closer To Actual Human Beings

My Sim, Ivy, was about to propose to her boyfriend when she got a call and found out that a close friend had died. Immediately, she fell into a sad funk. In an unmodded game, this feeling would last for two days unabated, and also dominate any other feeling she might have. But since I was playing with RoBurky’s Meaningful Stories mod, the course her feelings would take over the next few days was a little less predictable.

The Sims 4 introduced an emotions mechanic that was meant to mimic the real life ebb and flow of feelings. Sims could be feeling Happy, Playful, Flirty, or a whole host of other emotional states, and those emotions would change their actions:Sims that were Inspired would cook better meals, Sims that were Focused would be better at skills like programming. The system was interesting, but it was so stratified that it’s very easy to predict how a particular activity will make a Sim feel. You can send them careening around a lot of different feelings in the course of a single day.

That’s not the way emotions actually work. If you have something big happen to you, like the death of a friend, you aren’t just going to be inconsolable for two days, and then be fine again. Other feelings may break through for a moment, giving you a respite from your grief, but that undercurrent of sadness may linger for a long time, even if you do something to make yourself temporarily feel better.

With Meaningful Stories installed, that’s how it went for Ivy. Though she could break through her sadness for hours at a time, it always came back. A good meal and some WooHooing with her boyfriend made her happy enough to propose to him, but the next day her promotion at her job wasn’t enough to make her happy again. The sadness debuff hasn’t yet budged from its initial countdown. In fact, it’s gone up from two days of sadness to four. I’ll have to really focus on Ivy’s self care in order for her to feel normal again.

Meaningful Stories makes several small adjustments to how the feelings system works. Emotional buffs or debuffs sometimes have a random strength, meaning that instead of a one-size-fits-all state of “anger,” a Sim could now just be a little pissed or straight-up rageful. Emotions last longer and have inertia, so your Sim that spent the whole day Inspired may get an additional “Lingering Inspiration” buff if you don’t find a creative outlet before that feeling goes away. Being uncomfortable boosts negative emotions, so if your Gloomy Sim needs a shower, they might be extra sad until they can wash their stinky butt.

The end result is that emotions play out like a tide going in and out, instead of a light switch turning on or off. When Ivy wakes up in a bad mood, it’ll be worse because she’s hungry. Sometimes getting promoted can make her day, at least for a while. Major life events seem like they affect her more in the long term, instead of just the immediate future. She seems just that much more like a person, despite me being the one steering her into all of the feelings she experiences.

In my save right now, Ivy is still sad. I think I might buy a yoga mat for her, or maybe send her to the spa. I’m grateful for that sadness, though. It means the friend she lost mattered to her. Later on, when she gets married, I’m sure that sadness will be lurking beneath the happiness of a newlywed. Emotions can take you by surprise, and the Meaningful Stories mod gives The Sims 4‘s emotions that same subtle sense of wonder.

Source: Kotaku.com

Weird Faces, Classic Camera Angles And Other Mods For Resident Evil 2

Modders are magical. In only a short amount of time after Resident Evil 2 was released, they have been able to create some really interesting and strange mods for the remake.

Not all of these mods are necessarily helpful or needed, but not all mods need to fix a game. Sometimes I just want a mod to really mess up my character’s face.

Weird Faces

This mod was featured recently in an episode of Highlight Reel, Kotaku’s weekly series about funny and impressive clips from video games. Still, I wanted to include it because it just looks so amazing and bizarre.

The creator of this mod, DPO23, has released a new video showcasing his strange creation and I can’t stop watching their mouths…..they scare me. This mod reminds me of some the Source animated machinma folks have made in the past. Except now the faces look more real and that makes this all funnier and more disturbing.

Old Camera Angles

The Resident Evil 2 remake takes a lot of inspiration from Resident Evil 4, including having an over the shoulder camera angle. But modder Enveloping Sounds has created a mod that takes RE2 back to the 90s.

This fixed camera mod even adds in camera shake when shooting. It’s impressive and seems to be working with both Claire and Leon. The mod hasn’t officially released yet, but hopefully it comes out soon. I’d be curious to play RE2 remake with this more classic camera angle. I feel like Mr. X would be even more terrifying.

Playing As Different Characters

Resident Evil 2 will receive a future update which will add new characters and stories to the game. For those who don’t want to wait, modders are allowing players to jump into the shoes as various Resident Evil 2 characters.

Want to play as Ada Wong throughout the entire game? You can do that just that!

Other mods let players jump into the shoes of Sherry, the little girl featured in RE2. Although now with this mod she can use a mini gun.

There is even a mod that lets fans play as the big armed soldier himself, Chris Redfield. This mod is possible because players found his model in the files of RE2. Now with this mod you run around Raccoon City as Chris Redfield. Chris is most likely a leftover of RE7 and RE2 using the same engine. Still nice to see the big in Resident Evil 2 remake.


Resident Evil 2 has only been out for a few weeks and players are already creating mods that change the game in some wild or cool ways. I can’t wait to see what these creative modders can cook up after a few more months.

Source: Kotaku.com

Popular Modder Creates A Custom One Handed PS4 Controller

Ben Heck, a popular hardware modder, has spent the past few months working to create a one handed PS4 controller. In his latest update it seems he has a completed his project and has a working prototype.

Using clay, duct tape and some other basic materials Heck is able to create a shape that feels good to hold and is easy to use. Heck is careful to make sure he isn’t placing too many buttons in one area, which could make the controller confusing to use.

Once Ben Heck is happy with how the controller feels and looks, he moves over to the computer to use 3D modeling software to start to digitally build out his prototype.

Using 3D modeling software to create the controller
Screenshot: Ben Heck (Youtube)

Ben Heck used a 3D printer to bring his digital plans into the real world and then the most difficult process began: Wiring the controller up.

Some of Heck’s components originally came from a PS4 Mini controller, which can been seen in his first video about this PS4 controller prototype. The smaller Mini controller contained smaller parts, making this one handed prototype easier to create.

The controller uses a right analog stick at the top and places the left stick at the bottom of the controller. This allows a player to rest the controller on a table or their leg and move the whole prototype to use the left stick. It reminded me of a control stick in a jet.

After finishing his prototype Heck tested it by playing Red Dead Redemption 2 and it works pretty well. In the video he demonstrates using the weapon wheel, riding a horse and even shooting and aiming a gun

Controller modifications like this are extremely helpful for players who might not have full control over all of their fingers or both hands.

Microsoft last year released an official controller that allows more folks to have easier access to video games.Hopefully in the future we see more companies like Sony and Nintendo create better and more inclusive controller alternatives.

Until then, folks like Ben Heck are helping make it easier for everyone to play video games.

You can also check out Ben Heck’s YouTube channel to find more of his creations.

Source: Kotaku.com

Mod Creates “HD” Final Fantasy VII Using AI Neural Networks

We’ve seen the original Doom made “HD” using AI neural networks, now it’s the turn of Final Fantasy VII, with a mod for the PC version of the game creating backgrounds that have 4x the resolution.

The mod’s creator CaptRobau explains how it works:

The Remako HD Graphics Mod is a mod that completely revamps the pre-rendered backgrounds of the classic JRPG Final Fantasy VII. All of the backgrounds now have 4 times the resolution of the original.

Using state of the art AI neural networks, this upscaling tries to emulate the detail the original renders would have had. This helps the new visuals to come as close to a higher resolution re-rendering of the original as possible with current technology.

That sounds too good to be true, but just as with Doom, the results speak for themselves: the game’s backgrounds really do look amazing, in a “this is how I remember them looking from 1997″ kinda way.

Here’s a video showing the mod in action, comparing the original backgrounds with the new HD versions:

And here’s some gameplay:

The mod is still in beta, but should work with any PC version of the game. You can download it and try it out here.

Source: Kotaku.com

A Modder Is Trying To Recreate The Legend Of Zelda In Doom

Doom and Zelda don’t have a lot in common beyond heroes killing a bunch of monsters. But one modder, Exkodius, has spent the last three years trying to recreate the original The Legend of Zelda in the Doom engine.

Their work so far is impressive, with fantastic visuals that immediately capture the look of a classic 8-bit game, but in a 3D perspective.

Unfortunately, Exkodius doesn’t have the time to fully complete their project. So they’ve released the files and a demo of the project onto the internet.

“I really hope someone with the passion or just the know how can have some use of this and maybe even finish it?” said Exkodius on the Moddb page for their Zelda/Doom mod.

Even unfinished, the mod is impressive and hopefully someone will either finish the mod or Exkodius will find the time to return to their project and finish it.

If you want to play this Doom mod, download the files and follow the instructions on the Moddb page.

The Legend of Zelda: Total Conversion (Moddb.com)

Source: Kotaku.com

The Most Essential Sims 4 Mods For Eyes, Skin, and Hair

Screenshot: The Sims 4

Modding The Sims 4 can make the game more vibrant and varied, especially when it comes to your Sims’ looks. Here are some of the best mods that will put more skin tones, eye colors, freckles, and hair in your game. With these, you’ll be able to create Sims that are closer to how you envision them in your head.

In the first part of this series rounding up the most essential Sims mods, I ran down the modes you should install to change how the game plays. (If you’re looking to get into Sims 4 modding, that’s the best place to start.) For this installment, I’m taking a look at the mods that change how your Sims look. As seasoned Simmers know, making a Sim is the important first step in telling a story in the game. How Sims look can impact how you see their personality, and how you direct them as they bumble through life. Why not make them look their very best?

A Quick Word About Simmer Terms: Sims modders use some terminology that makes perfect sense if you’re enmeshed in the community, but not as much sense if you aren’t. Here’s a primer: “BGC” stands for “base game compatible,” meaning you don’t have to own anything other than the base game to use the mod. “Mesh required” means that the mod you’re downloading is either a retexture or a recolor of another Simmer’s 3D model, which means that you’ll also need to download that model and put it in your game. Usually, they’ll provide a link. “Default” mods, which you’ll see for eyes and skin tones, replace the game’s default options. You can only have one default mod in each category. “Non-default” puts the mod into other categories, usually somewhere in the accessories or skin details, so you can mix and match.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get to the mods. It’s quite easy to install Sims mods—just download these files and put them into the empty “Mods” folder in the game’s directory, which EA has helpfully placed there already for all you aspiring modders. None of the mods I have listed here conflict with one another, so feel free to install them all simultaneously.

Screenshot: The Sims 4

Love The Skin You’re In

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the skintones in The Sims 4 kinda suck. There’s not a lot of options, especially in the darker end of the spectrum, even though EA added more dark skin tones last year. If you’re not desperately searching for the perfect shade of brown, you might still find yourself out of luck when it comes to pale skin tones, which have some funky undertones. Some intrepid Sims modders have taken it upon themselves to add shades or make “skinblends,” which reshade the existing ones to be more flattering.

Adds around fifty brown skin tones—and a few paler ones too.

Overall brightens up the face, giving your Sims a clearer complexion.

A kinda trendy-looking skinblend that gives Sims great highlights, from pale to dark skin.

Screenshot: The Sims 4

Get Frecked

The Sims 4 comes with a few moles and freckles, but not enough for my liking. One thing that’s definitely missing are dense expanses of freckles, and moles and freckles that cover the whole body. These freckle and mole mods run the gamut from a sparse dusting to Pippi Longstocking.

Some subtle beauty marks for the face.

Full-body freckles and moles in delicate patterns.

Dense, all-over freckles.

  • NolanSim’s Freckle Overlay
  • 12 swatches of realistic freckles, from sparse to dense, in four variations.
Screenshot: The Sims 4

Eyes On Fleek

I didn’t use to be particular about what my Sims’ eyes looked like until I started watching Sims YouTubers. All their Sims had big, bright vibrant eyes, whereas mine were kinda dull looking. The secret was mods—not just for eyecolors, but for eyelashes and eyebrows as well. Gotta get those peepers in the right frames, after all.

The best of the best when it comes to lashes. You should know that the skin detail version sometimes conflicts with bracelets and rings, though.

Pralinesims has a ton of eyebrows on offer, but you wouldn’t go wrong starting here.

Bright, sweet, shimmering eyes.

Bold and brilliant, just like a gemstone.

Cartoon-y eyes for your fun and silly Sims.

Screenshot: The Sims 4

No Boring Hair Ever

I love getting new hairstyles for my Sims, especially because they don’t have a lot of options for curly hair, or for men. Some things are easier to understand how they were overlooked—who knew that ombre hair would have such staying power, or that blunt bobs would come back into fashion? But given how many people in the world have curly hair, that makes a little less sense to me. Thank god for Simmers.

There are tons and tons of hair mods for Sims 4, but here’s just a few of the absolute best to get you started and show you how much a new ‘do can change your (virtual) life.

Curly Hair

Cute afro puffs that wouldn’t look out of place on an Instagram star.

A soft afro, for sims with dense but looser curls.

Long curly hair with two cute little buns up top—I love wearing my real life hair like this.

Trendy Hair

Two cute braids, with a braided crown.

A sharp and stylish bob.

This Margo is a shoulder length curly cut with curly bangs.

Hair inspired by Animal Crossing’s Isabelle. Okay, maybe this isn’t essential, but I couldn’t resist.

Men’s Hair

A tousled mane fit for a 90s heartthrob.

A standard, but fashionable, fade.

Slightly curly hair for a sim that doesn’t own a brush.

Looking for more mods? Want to load up that folder until you have no hard drive space left? All of the creators whose work is listed here have many, many wonderful Sims mods to check out, and I encourage you to do so. Just watch out—if you’re anything like me, you’re going to end up with hundreds of mods in no time.

Source: Kotaku.com

Zelda, Banjo Kazooie Levels Modded Into Super Mario Odyssey

Perhaps to give Odyssey that Smash Bros/Nintendo Museum feel, modder ItzSka has been importing custom levels into the Switch platformer, like Clanker’s Cavern from Banjo Kazooie and the exterior of Wind Waker’s Dragon Roost Island.

It’s not just the textures, either; both levels have custom collectables as well.

Here’s Clanker’s Cavern:

And here’s Dragon Roost:

If you want to try them out yourself, and you’re comfortable messing around with the game, you can download the necessary files here.

Source: Kotaku.com