Official itemBody Shop is a tool that came with The Sims 2. It is formally known as 'CaSIE' (Create-A-Sim Independent Editor).
It can be used to create entire Sims as well as custom content for Sims. Custom content and Sims created in Body Shop can be placed into the game through Create a Sim. Body Shop also allowed the Sims and content created in it to be packaged and uploaded to The Sims 2 Exchange, before TheSims2.com was shut down.
Body Shop allows users to access hidden content within the game files and enable it for use in Create a Sim, or create their own content within the game files and enable that.
It can be used to delete some types of custom content. However, this should be used with caution, as deletion may be enabled for some Maxis content. Players should not attempt to delete Maxis content from within Body Shop, as that is likely to corrupt game files.
Each expansion pack and stuff pack has its own version of Body Shop, so a player with several Packs will have several versions, each with its own shortcut. Players should use the version which came with the most recent Stuff Pack or Expansion Pack they own.
An early version of CaSIE was released prior to the launch of The Sims 2, available as a free download and also distributed as a free promotional disk. This version of CaSIE features a more limited selection of assets than that of the game itself, including several hairstyles that were changed before release. These unused hairs are available in the final release, but are hidden in Create-A-Sim. One of the hairs, known as "Meg hair", uses a texture from the final release instead of its original texture. The other hairstyles all use their original assets.
Three "content packs" were released for this version of Body Shop. The Body Shop Starter Pack contains the majority of assets available to CaSIE; without it very few hair and clothing options are available for Sims. A promotional pack for Gamespot was released, containing a Fantasy Warrior Goth Chick Skin, Urban Secret Agent Skin, and a Gamer Dude with a Gamespot T-shirt & Jeans. A promotional pack for FileFront contains a Modern Urban Fighter Gal Skin, Modern Trench Agent Skin and a Gamer Dude with IGN T-shirt & Jeans. All of these outfits are in the final release of the game, but are hidden in Create-A-Sim.
Installing this version of Body Shop on a system with the game itself installed can cause multiple issues, and is not recommended.
- Players should exercise patience when loading Body Shop, as the Body Shop screen may take several minutes to appear. This may be caused by excess custom content, or by bloated cache files. It can also happen if groups.cache has been deleted.
- Body Shop was not always updated to reflect features added in expansion packs. While FreeTime made gym clothes available to children, the Body Shop for FreeTime does not recognize this. Likewise, while CAS recognizes the jewelry option for Bon Voyage and later, Body Shop does not.
- The Sims 2 Body Shop Tutorial 1 at the Wayback Machine (archived January 10, 2012)
- The Sims 2 Body Shop Tutorial 2 at the Wayback Machine (archived January 11, 2012)
- MTS2 Creating Sims
- MTS2 Body Shop Recolouring Introduction