This tutorial will teach you how to bypass your launcher and go straight to the game. I think most people do know how, so this is for those that don't know. I rely heavily on screen shots for this tutorial, so it should be easy to follow. I am also using Windows 7 for this tutorial. Most of the steps will work on XP and Vista too. Why would I want to bypass the launcher though, you ask? It saves time, you don't have to wait for the clunky launcher itself to load, which for some (including me) can take almost two or more minutes. Other than that, I guess it's just for simplicity's sake. Now here we go.
Note: Completion of this tutorial will in no way shape or form inhibit you from opening your launcher for any reason.
Open your computer by either
A) Clicking the Start/Windows button or
B) Clicking the My Computer icon on your desk (more so for XP users)
Open your C: drive or which ever drive you installed TS3 to
Open Program Files
Open Electronic Arts
The Sims 3
Right Click the TS3 Application
Hover your mouse over Send To >
Hit Desktop (create shortcut)
That creates a shortcut on your desktop, which you're free to move anywhere; eg: a games folder. When you click that shortcut, it's really launching the application that's in the games bin folder. And thus, no clunky launcher to worry about.
Remember: Completion of this tutorial will in no way shape or form inhibit you from opening your launcher for any reason. You can still click on the icon for your latest EP and start the launcher.
I use the Custom Launcher from ModTheSims. It rebundles the package files in my Mods/Packages folder and makes the game run a lot faster. So what would be the benefits of running the game your way? Just curious.
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Nik24X7 wrote:I use the Custom Launcer from ModTheSims. It rebundles the package files in my Mods/Packages folder and makes the game run a lot faster. So what would be the benefits of running the game your way? Just curious.
I've never heard of that so I couldn't tell you. I did look it up and it seems cool. I can't think of anything to defend the quick and dirty method I wrote about.
I always just do this straight from the shortcut..
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Game\Bin\Sims3Launcher.exe"
Change the bold into..
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Game\Bin\TS3.exe"
Making it skip the launcher but sometimes i do use the launcher. I also have a package that skips the intro. Forgot where i picked that up though.
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msaprilmae wrote:Are you using mac or pc?
Mac Method: Find the executable itself - probably in /(your hard drive)/Applications/The Sims 3.
Right click on it, and select "show package contents".
Open the "contents" directory if it isn't already.
You will see a file named info.plist. Open that by dragging it onto textedit. Don't move it out of that directory! You might want to take a backup first.
Scroll down to the line after this one:
Change the last part to read TS3.exe instead of S3Launcher.exe. Be careful not to disturb any of the rest of the file or mess with line endings. It's XML and an extra return shouldn't matter ... but you never know.
Save and quit textedit.