Ticket machines are objects available in The Sims 2: Open for Business and The Sims 3 Store that can be used to create venues by requiring visiting Sims to pay for a ticket in order to stay on the lot or access a certain room.
The Sims 2
|Loiterers? Nope. Service Industry leeches? No way! With the Electrono-Ticket Machine by Charge-A-Tron you can control the visitors to your lot with style. The Electrono-Ticket Machine contains a 40,000 Watt Brainwave Dampener that can shut down a conscious thought in mere nanoseconds, making it so visitors to your lot can't perform even the most basic actions without paying first. Unfortunately, Brainwave Dampening technology only goes so far - if there's nothing decent on your lot, people will leave or not pay at all. Bummer! Use the Electrono-Ticket Machine to turn any lot into a business. Sims who show up to a lot with an Electrono-Ticket Machine will pay to spend time there if the lot is appealing to them.|
|Game||The Sims 2: Open for Business|
|Price in game||§499|
To set up the ticket machine, the owner (or a member of the owner's household) must set a price for the machine and then start charging customers with it. Any potential customer that comes in will stop at the machine and decide whether or not they will come in. If the price is too high, or if there are too few motive-satisfying objects on the lot (such as arcade games), they are less likely to enter. The machine works similarly to selling an item, except the idea of staying on the lot for a period of time is what's being sold. Once the sale is made, the customer will grab a ticket from the machine and enter the business. While there, they will be periodically charged the ticket price. The player can also choose to let Sims in for free while they are deciding whether or not to enter the lot. This will permanently grant them free admission onto the lot.
If a venue has a stove, it is best to put it behind doors that are locked so only household members and employees can enter, as customers may autonomously use the stove and occasionally leave food on the stove or in the oven, which can lead to an unwanted fire. If the player wants the venue to serve food, they can either build a restaurant, set up a buffet table, or have a household member cook the food in the kitchen, enter Buy mode, and move the platter outside of the kitchen. Customers that are hungry enough will autonomously grab food from it.
If a date takes place on a lot with the ticket machine on it, the date may autonomously go over to the ticket machine. This mod prevents the date from doing so, and both the selected Sim and the date will be paid for when the selected Sim buys a ticket.
The Sims 3
A ticket machine is included as part of the Le Cinema Plumbob set from The Sims 3 Store, alongside a turnstile and an upgraded door. The turnstile and door can be used to restrict entry to Sims who are in a certain age group, life state, or gender, while the ticket machine can be used to further restrict entry to only those with a valid ticket. NPCs can purchase tickets to enter the venue, but will not play the animation of buying a ticket when doing so.
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