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Type of format Sound logic
Filename extension .hot
First appeared The Sims 1
HOT (short for HIT Options Table) is an ini format that defines event constants, hitlists, patches, tracks, and track-event pairs. In The Sims Online, HOT was replaced by various smaller formats (HLS, DBPF, EVT, TRK, and the HIT export table), and as a result the HOT files are not used ingame in The Sims Online; however, they are still required in The Sims 1.

In The Sims Online, its sections are:

  • EventMappingEquate - This section defines constants using the following syntax:
  • Options - This section defines a Version (always 1) and a LoadPriority (perhaps 1 for highest, >1 for lower?)
  • TrackData - This section assigns a sound ID (or a patch ID in The Sims 1) or hitlist ID to a number of subroutines (exported or not) in the corresponding HIT file using the following syntax:
Note that the TrackData field is not needed in TSO because the TRK format has a Sound ID field and tracks are assigned subroutines by the HIT export table. However, TrackData appears in TSO's HOT files regardless.

In The Sims 1, HOT additionally contains the following sections:

  • GlobalHitList (replaced by HLS in TSO) - This section defines hitlists using the same string format as used in the TSO HLS string format
  • Patch (not needed in TSO as sounds are given File IDs; in a way, replaced by DBPF) - This section defines patches using the following syntax:
  • EventMapping (replaced by EVT in TSO) - This section defines track/event pairs using the following syntax:
  • Track (replaced by TRK in TSO) - This section defines tracks using the following syntax, where the Subroutine and TrackData fields are HSM constants: