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Featured upload! No (or fewer) automatic memories (with custom tool to make your own mod) Edited 01/16/2014

by velocitygrass Posted 19th Jun 2011 at 5:16 PM - Updated 19th Aug 2014 at 6:43 PM by velocitygrass : added note about patch 1.66
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This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
Update 08/19/2014: patch 1.67 did not modify the resource in question, so the 1.63 packages fit with the patch as well.
Update 01/16/2014: patch 1.66 does not modify the resource in question, so the 1.63 packages fit with the patch as well.
Update 10/19/2013: I updated pre-made packages for patch 1.63. The tool still works for the patch. As always with a patch that changes the resource, remember to update the custom package you've created to fit with the new patch version 1.63.
Update 09/04/2013: patch 1.57 does not modify the resource in question, so the 1.55 packages fit with the patch as well.
Update 08/12/2013: added "Complete Skill Achievement for $skill" to important memories package

A wedding is a pretty memorable thing. So is having a baby. But catching a great fish? Going shopping? Visiting the park - again?!

This mod stops the memory scrapbook from filling up with useless memories that then have to be manually deleted to make place for custom memories or to keep savefiles small. It can also be useful to prevent the memory popup from ruining screenshots of the important moments in your sim's life.

Usage: Copy the package (downloaded or self-created with the tool) into your mod folder. Only use one package at a time!

Make sure the version of the mod fits the patch level. Running The Sims 3 with an outdated version of this mod can cause errors with wishes (lifetime and normal) and GUI issues with the main tabs.

Note: This mod modifies DreamsAndPromisesNodes (TGI: 0x0333406C-0x00000000-0x9A976C90ECC75C81) and will conflict with all other mods that do so. This mods sets the IsLifeEvent tags of individual dream nodes to nothing, so that the game doesn't consider them memories any more.

Obviously, what is worth remembering is a highly subjective thing. Some people might want all social related memories, but none for the skills, others might want it the other way round. In order to accommodate this need, I created a little tool that allows you to uncheck the memories you don't want to be created automatically and save your own custom made memory mod package from the selection you made in the tool.

Here's a screenshot of the tool:

Requirements: The tool requires .NET Framework 3.5 to run (the latest should work as well). It works for Windows and might work on other platforms with Mono, however I can't provide assistance for that.

a) Unzip the tool
b) Start TS3_Memory_Modder.exe: The application it will attempt to read the Sims 3 installation directory from the registry and if it doesn't find it, it will prompt you for it.
c) Uncheck the memories you don't want (if you only want few memories, it will be helpful to first uncheck all and then check the ones you want). Don't worry about the checkboxes for the header items; they are ignored.
d) Click save and enter the path where you want to save your mod package (e.g. in your mod folder)
e) Wait for a message to pop up that confirms your file was saved (this should only take a few seconds)
f) Close the tool and test the package in game

Additional option: You can load an existing package file that will restore which memories were checked and unchecked from the package.
Note for xml modders: Please be aware that this will only be read to uncheck memories. I.e. if you made other changes in the package (like changing memory icons or whether a memory is neutral or happy or bad) they will not be in the newly saved package! (If you only created memory mod packages with this tool and didn't modify them, this is not a concern for you and you can safely load a package, make changes, and save it again.)

For your information: If you'd like to provide different ready-made flavors of memory mods made with this tool, please do so. It was the reason for making it.

I've also attached two ready-made flavors:

1) No automatic memories. As the name suggests, no memories will be created automatically. If you want memories, you have to (and still can) create them manually.

2) Only important automatic memories. This package will allow automatic creation of a few selected important or memorable (and specifically rare) life events.

I do not plan on providing additional flavors myself. Please create them with the tool.

General note: Just because an event is set to allow triggering of a memory doesn't necessarily always do so. The specific dream node needs to be active in the game as well for the sim. E.g. "Sibling is born" did not cause a memory in my tests, even though it was activated. Some memories also have a tuning that makes them appear only once every few days. If you want to go into more detail with modding this, you'll need to manually edit the .xml file as with any other tuning mod.

Localized version:

The new version uses in-game strings for the memories and allows you to select from a list of game-supported languages.

The tool GUI itself and the categories are not automatically translated, but can be. In the package you'll find an unfinished example for a German translation file.

To switch to a different language simply select it in the drop-down box at the top and wait for the GUI to rebuild.

Note: Untranslated values are displayed in English. This goes for the GUI as well as missing translations (e.g. the Mexican Spanish translations don't seem to exist for the memories).

For Translators: Copy the file Strings_ENG_US_0x000f16b00ba8342f.txt into the same folder and name the copy the same as the string in the drop-down for your language. Change the string after the equal symbol to your translated string. (As an example see the first few strings in the German localization file.) You can test your translation immediately by restarting the tool (or simply switching to another language and back to yours). If you attach your translation in a comment, I can add it to the tool.

Additional Credits:
Many thanks to Peter Jones for the S3PI library, parts of which are included in the tool. (As per the S3PI license, this tool is also GPL 3.0 and the source code is attached.)
Localization of GUI and categories:
Thanks to Sims MX for the Spanish (ES and MX) and French localization.
Thanks to Crinrict for the German localization.
Thanks to hotroxy777 and Wojtek for the Polish localization.
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
TS3_Memory_Modder_Game_Strings.zip | Description: Tool to create your own custom memories mod. 112.3 KB 22,705 20th Jun 2011
TS3_Memory_Modder_game_strings_sourcecode.7z | Description: Source code for the tool. (Not needed for creating your own memory mod.) 20.7 KB 3,838 20th Jun 2011
velocitygrass_no_automatic_memories.zip | Description: Package to turn off all automatic memories. For patch 1.63/1.66/1.67. 193.6 KB 28,091 2nd Mar 2012
velocitygrass_only_important_memories.zip | Description: Package to only have important memories be automatically created. For patch 1.63/1.66/1.67. 193.9 KB 26,137 2nd Mar 2012
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
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Test Subject
#601 Old 20th Apr 2014 at 3:28 PM
even if there is no memory for marriage, etc., you can still record it!!
Test Subject
#602 Old 22nd Apr 2014 at 6:59 AM Last edited by isabellajowell : 22nd Apr 2014 at 7:10 AM.
Can this be used with patch 1.67?
And where can I find the package file manually for this step : The application it will attempt to read the Sims 3 installation directory from the registry and if it doesn't find it, it will prompt you for it.
please and thank u
Test Subject
#603 Old 3rd May 2014 at 1:41 PM
This was great, but it needs to be updated to patch 1.67 .
Also, when I download the modder and click on the exe file, it gives me the "has stopped working" error.
Lab Assistant
13th Jun 2014 at 10:14 PM
This message has been deleted by Crystallyne. Reason: I found a problem that I thought was with this mod, but later encountered the same problem without this mod present.
Test Subject
#604 Old 28th Jun 2014 at 11:34 PM
Great mod. Thank you!
Test Subject
#605 Old 16th Jul 2014 at 3:12 AM
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#606 Old 24th Jul 2014 at 3:50 AM
life saver Thanks
Test Subject
#607 Old 10th Aug 2014 at 6:07 PM Last edited by Kazenra : 11th Aug 2014 at 11:44 AM.
Hey, I've used this mod in the past (around patch 1.2something I think, long time ago lol) and it was amazing. I've come back to get the updated one, assuming 1.66 will work with the latest patch. But none of the download links are going anywhere..It keeps saying I need to be logged into wherever the downloads are hosted but I never remember having to do that. Obviously I have an account on here so no idea what's wrong. I desperately need this mod, my save is an old one and is beginning to lag. My oldest sim is a good couple hundred days old and is an immortal vampire so she definitely needs this so I don't need to go back and delete all the useless stuff she's remembered over and over but I definitely want her to remember the things like becoming a vampire and getting married to her hubby..
Any help is appreciated, thank you!


Crisis averted, the site works today so no worries...however I haven't tried it yet with 1.67 so who knows what will happen lol
Thanks anyways~
Test Subject
#608 Old 17th Aug 2014 at 11:02 PM
hi, does this still work with the recent patch or no? please answer asap! thank you xx
Test Subject
#609 Old 9th Sep 2014 at 3:07 PM
BIG THANKS! I always found it interesting to go through the memories of a sim after a while just to find out that most of the memories were crap I had to delete. My sim went to the park, yay! WTF? My sim went fishing for a few hours leaving 12 memories? OMG. You know what I mean, that's why you made this mod ;)
Test Subject
#610 Old 12th Sep 2014 at 10:32 AM
Thank goodness for this mod. It makes a huge difference in game play.
Field Researcher
#611 Old 4th Dec 2014 at 12:23 AM
Will definitely be downloading this.

I can understand Candi getting upset that SCALLOP agents haul her away in cuffs, or reminiscing about her first time with Donte, or her wedding. I can understand Col. Flix reminiscing about being promoted to a colonel. Or Liquidon mourning Cindy after she sacrifices herself to destroy Varikton's machine.

But every single skill upgrade, park visit, encounter with a llama mascot, etc.? No, that's too much and too annoying. Now, I don't have to deal with it anymore. Great job.
Test Subject
#612 Old 18th Dec 2014 at 10:55 PM
Waou!! just discovered this !! thanks a bunch for making it you're great
Test Subject
#613 Old 26th Dec 2014 at 7:45 PM
Originally Posted by ladyduke21
Quick question does this help prevent error code 12?

A year late but have you tried to use the save cleaner tool ?? its pretty good the first time i tried it , it cleaned a save from 890mb down to 91mb lol . On top of this if you open the travelDB section of the save up with the S3PE and then select all files inside of it marked as IMG you can cut the save size down even more (always back files up before moddding them incase they go wrong but it is a pretty safe easy thing
Lab Assistant
#614 Old 30th Mar 2015 at 1:37 PM
Thank god for this! No more "Sadie will never forget the day.............................."
#615 Old 1st Apr 2015 at 6:17 PM
This was recommended to me and hopefully it will help stop me getting Error Code 12 messages every time I try to play my Sims 3 game.

Many thanks for your help
Test Subject
#616 Old 30th Jun 2015 at 6:26 AM
Very useful, thank you!
Test Subject
#617 Old 15th Sep 2015 at 11:36 AM
Hi! I Play The Sims 3 on a Mac so can I use the Memory Modder tool? I have the (only important memories) mod installed on my game but I want to be able to pick what Memory's I want my sims to have!!! Help!
Test Subject
#618 Old 6th Oct 2015 at 12:14 AM
This will work. Honestly, I was just looking for something that made it so that memories wouldn't reset every time you launch it, but this is fine.
Test Subject
#619 Old 13th Oct 2015 at 3:22 PM
i will try this later
Test Subject
#620 Old 11th Dec 2015 at 5:28 PM
Originally Posted by Cioccolina
This was great, but it needs to be updated to patch 1.67 .
Also, when I download the modder and click on the exe file, it gives me the "has stopped working" error.

Extract the entire zip file to a new folder then run the exe from that folder. That's what I did. Hope that helps.
Test Subject
#621 Old 17th Mar 2016 at 12:43 AM
It always annoyed me when I used the book of talent and got a ton of notifacations about memories. Thank you.
Lab Assistant
#622 Old 1st Jul 2016 at 8:00 PM
Should this go into the Override folder or just the package folder?
Lab Assistant
#623 Old 2nd Aug 2016 at 12:31 AM
Does anyone know if this mod is compatible with 1.67?
Field Researcher
#624 Old 24th Aug 2016 at 6:14 AM
Thanks!I always hated the memory spamming.
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