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Picked upload! (UPDATE: 5-JAN-2016) User-Directed Scolding + Other Punishment Tweaks

by icarus_allsorts Posted 10th Sep 2014 at 8:33 PM - Updated 5th Jan 2016 at 8:04 AM by icarus_allsorts : Russian translation added
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5-JAN-2016: Russian translation (by optimuspraim14) added.

  • Scold interaction now only appears on non-greeted inactive sims if the active sim is in a tense or angry mood, or if the sim has one of a few (tunable) traits.
  • Putting a guest on Time Out actually works now.

13-SEP-2014: Italian translation (by Sim mania) added.

Mod Description

This is a script mod tweaking parts of the punishment system from Generations. It will warn you with a pop-up whenever game tries to force a sim to scold a misbehaving child/teen so you can to stop them if you wish. (It even lets you turn off the whole forcing to scold feature altogether if you choose)

The mod also adds a custom Punishment... interaction menu on all child and teen sims that lets you choose the type of punishment to perform as and whenever you see fit instead of letting the game decide for you.

Details & Features

  • Pop-up warning you whenever the game tries to force a scolding onto a misbehaving sim, choosing No cancels the action, choosing Yes allows the scolding interaction to be performed, but makes it cancellable by the player if you change your mind (by default you couldn't). You'll have no control over the punishment doled out though (which is based on how much mischief the sim has gotten into lately)
  • The pop-ups can be disabled in the provided tuning file (see below), in which case the scolding interaction is automatically cancelled for you whenever the game tries to force a sim to perform it, so if you do want a sim to be punished you'll have to manually choose to do it yourself using...

  • A custom Punishment... interaction usable on children and teens with the following in-game existing punishment types to choose from:

    • Scold: Basic scolding
    • Time Out: Sends the sim to sulk in a corner for a while.
    • Ground: The sim cannot leave the house except to go to school/work for a day or two unless they sneak out (which would warrant extra punishment if caught)
    • Ban Objects...: Choose a type of object on the home lot to ban the sim from using (which usually the game would randomly choose for you). The list will show you specific objects on the home lot, but if you choose a computer for example the sim will be banned from using ALL computers on the lot. Note that you can still only ban one object type at a time.
  • Sims can only be punished/forgiven by a sim in an age group older than they are. So you can have teens scold/forgive a child, but not other teens.

  • Sims will use the more suitable "admonish" animation (the one pictured above) on children instead of the default yelling one, unless they have certain traits (tunable). The animation only works on children though, so teens will always receive a yelling when being scolded.
  • You can still punish a sim even if they've done nothing wrong (in the eyes of the game. I'm sure there are plenty of activites not covered by the default punishment system that may warrant a grounding depending on the player). Feel free to scold sims outside your active household if your feeling hostile enough, you just can't ground or ban them from using objects. (You can however put a greeted guest on your active lot in Time Out if you like)

  • And just for fun, added a custom Rebuild interaction to doll houses after a sim destroys it, which lets handy sims repair and restore the object (just don't expect much animation-wise...)


End Notes

Built and tested on patch 1.67

Requires Generations

This is a script mod which should not conflict with any other other mods (unless you have one editing the ScoldSmasher_Sim ITUN which is probably highly unlikely).

The mod is translatable, but you'll have to open the package with either S3PE, NRaas Packer or s3se to see the STBL strings to translate. There shouldn't be much there since I tried to use existing game text where possible (the line describing the act of misbehavior in the pop-up is always taken from the corresponding Got In Trouble moodlet for example, so excuse me for it not making perfect grammatical sense), but if you're willing to provide one feel free to contact me via the comments.

Additional Credits:
The Jones' for S3PE and s3se

To everyone who's helped me with modding and all those of you who still enjoy my TS3 mods
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icarusallsorts.Scolding.rar | Description: Updated 2-DEC-2015 13.3 KB 29,348 5th Jan 2016
Basic Download and Install Instructions:

See: Game Help:TS3 CC Basicswiki for a full guide!
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#101 Old 13th Jun 2015 at 4:51 AM
Thank You
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#102 Old 7th Jul 2015 at 6:38 PM
Thanks, This mod is so cool!
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#103 Old 10th Jul 2015 at 4:39 PM
Thank you, I love you, I needed this as part of my storytelling and I was loosing hope of ever finding it...
(My teen sim is hated by her stepdad so she got an older boyfriend and sneaks out to meet him and I want to control the punishments.) again, THANK YOU.
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#104 Old 26th Jul 2015 at 5:34 PM
Very cool, thanks ;)
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#105 Old 16th Sep 2015 at 9:24 AM
thank you
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#106 Old 22nd Sep 2015 at 2:24 PM
I had to come back and write a full thank you. This mod is one of the best things in my game.
Auto-scolding has irritated me from the beginning, because I didn't have a choice, and because it consistently impeded my game in such confounding ways.
For instance. If I have sim-kids going to school, with plenty of time to get there, there is no reason why I should want the game to stop them in their tracks, turn them around, and send them back home to be scolded for missing school; that is why they're missing school!
This mod completely puts an end to that kind of thing. I am so much happier now. Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)
Test Subject
#107 Old 30th Sep 2015 at 1:27 PM
Can you discipline toddlers? A time out will suffice for their tantrums
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#108 Old 4th Oct 2015 at 2:12 PM
This mod is so cool. Makes the game more realistic when it comes to parenting. Thank you so much!
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#109 Old 23rd Oct 2015 at 7:01 PM
This is wonderful! I hated that my teenagers who had afterschool jobs (and for whatever reason can't take a take off) would get scolded for going to their prom!
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#110 Old 4th Feb 2016 at 10:29 PM
Default Rar
I wish I can download this, but I can only download "zip" files and not RAR. Do you think upload this as a "zip" file as well?
I am sure it will be awesome for me if I could download it.
Thank you!
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#111 Old 25th May 2016 at 7:15 PM
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#112 Old 11th Jul 2016 at 2:49 AM
Great mod, thank you!!
#113 Old 12th Jul 2016 at 2:11 AM
This ought to prove VERY useful. One of my lots is a school with more than twenty pupils in it, I don't know who to feel more sorry for - the kids, or the teachers who spend half the time running after them scolding them for their wicked deeds! Thanks.
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#114 Old 23rd Jul 2016 at 9:31 AM
its not working
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#115 Old 9th Aug 2016 at 2:10 PM
Oh, thank you. I use this whenever I have children, or a situation they shouldn't go to school. This is incredibly useful, brilliant.
Lab Assistant
#116 Old 3rd Oct 2016 at 8:10 PM
This is AWESOME ! For so long I had installed the Mod that disabled all punishments because they were flawed and uncontrollable. Not anymore! Thanks to you! Thanks again !!
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#117 Old 29th Dec 2016 at 9:10 PM
Thanks for this :D
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#118 Old 14th Feb 2017 at 6:37 PM
Makes it more realistic. Thanks a bunch.
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#119 Old 16th Mar 2017 at 5:15 AM
Thanks, this is just what I need! The default scolding system is way out of whack! The worst part is that it isn't cancelable.
I once had a teen get held up waiting at the staircase to get on the school bus & his "go to school" action timed out. I clicked again to send him to school, on his way out the door the "go to school" action was interrupted by a scolding action, he was grounded for "skipping school"...yeah. But it gets worse, when I clicked "go to school" a 3rd time, he was interrupted again, this time he was punished for breaking his grounding...to go to school! Then....guess what? While staying home grounded he got punished a 3rd time, guess why..."skipping school"....grrrr and it was the same adult sim punishing him each time, too! That's just crazy!
I have been using NRaas' retuner to turn off scolding completely, although I did want scolding available, just for it to be controllable by me.
Now I can let kids have days out of school when I want, & scold them for other things when I want. Maxis should've made scolding controllable from the start.

Thanks again! *hugs icarus_allsorts*
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#120 Old 29th Aug 2017 at 1:29 AM
I'm hoping I can get help, but when I download this mod, my father still tries to scold his son- and then they just stand there, staring at each other.
The popups never happen, they still try to scold.
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#121 Old 11th Sep 2017 at 8:14 PM
It has always annoyed me that FamilyOriented or Nurturing traits don't offer actual decent punishment or scolding options for children. Thank you for this!
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#122 Old 15th Feb 2018 at 4:35 PM
Sometimes, you jus dont want yo child to grow up wit responsibility lol.
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#123 Old 16th Feb 2018 at 5:13 AM
LOVE the time out idea!! Can't wait to try this! Ty
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#124 Old 17th Feb 2018 at 8:26 PM
Cool mod, thanks!
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#125 Old 19th Feb 2018 at 10:26 PM
Would love to know if there is a SIMS 4 MOD just like this one?
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