Category: Electronics -> TVs & Computers
Cost: $250 (large); $235 (small)
Poly Count: (856)
EPs Required: None – base game compatible
At Affinity Sims, KittenOnACloud made a request for a TV that her Sim toddlers could watch. Me, I thought this sounded like a great idea – so I made her a Tube for Tots.
Bonus: If you want your little ones to have their very own TV channel to watch, Kitten (Bubblebeam @ MTS) has created the Tiny Tots TV Channel just for them, here.
As the name implies, this is a TV that your littlest Sims can watch, and so can their parents and/or older sibs. They can’t do it indiscriminately, though; maybe I need to get with the times, but I think that an adult (or at least someone older) should decide what the tots get to watch and when. So, I’ve made it so that toddlers can’t turn the TV on, and they also can’t change the channel – an older Sim has to do it for them. They’ll continue to watch even if the older Sim wanders off, though (because in my mind, their parents/siblings wouldn’t do so without making sure the TV was turned to something kids-friendly first). And once someone has turned it on for them, their TV watching is just like older Sims’, so they’ll gain cooking skill if they’re watching the Yummy Channel, and they’ll also gain enthusiasm if you have FT. And they’ll react to what they’re watching, too, so expect them to whine or even cry if it’s something they don’t like, and to laugh if it’s something they do. They also might make their displeasure known if and when you turn the TV off on them.
The Tube for Tots comes in two variations, a bigger one that goes on the floor, and a slightly smaller, short-legged one that can also sit on surfaces and dressers. You can of course have both in your game at once.
And there are recolours, too. It would be rather a boring toddler TV if it didn’t have recols, don’t you think? 😉 They are the same for both the bigger and the smaller TV; the only difference is that with the bigger one, the legs are a separate subset, whilst with the smaller one, they’re the same subset as the TV, mapped to the solid-coloured frame.
So. First, you have the seven LACK colours; the pink one is the mesh, so you’re stuck with that one whether you like it or not. 😛
Then, for the tots and parents who think plain colours are boring (or just like some variation), there are five fun flower patterns:
Sometimes, the “Change To” menu option for adults and children will disappear, leaving only the options to turn the TV off and to work out. Most of the time (but not always), it will return if you have a Sim turn the TV off and then back on again, but sometimes it doesn’t. It will always return if you have a Sim work out to the TV for a little while, though, and also if you rebuy it. Despite my best efforts, I haven’t been able to determine what triggers it, but it won’t throw errors or cause jump bugs or anything like that (unfortunately – if it did, at least I’d have an error log to work with ), so it’s perfectly benign, even if it might be a bit annoying. Just so you’re aware that it might happen, and know that I am, too.
Also, since toddlers can’t change the channel but have to watch whatever their elders have picked for them, if you have them watch the Yummy Channel and their overall motives (including fun) are low, you might get an autonomy conflict that will cause a jump bug. So if you’ve plonked your toddler down in front of the Yummy Channel and notice their skill bar going up, and down, and up, and down, and up, and… then please take pity on them and change the channel to something that doesn’t involve skill gain. 😉
As I said above, the recolours are the same for both TVs. I’ve made two variations: one where the smaller TV is repositoried to the bigger one, and one where they stand alone and have their own, separate recols. The two variations have the same GUIDs, so you can only have one of them in game at a time.