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Madcow Movie (MAD) is a video compression algorithm and container used for some video files in The Sims Online, an evolution of the earlier TGQ and TQI codecs (the former not used in The Sims / The Sims Online).

The name for this format is found in gimex.dll of The Sims 1. It probably stems from a more technical phrase, such as "MPEG-1/ATSC-Digital".

Files using this format[edit]

  • (DBPF) FileID 0x00000002 in \The Sims Online\TSOClient\video\tsointromovie.dat


Because the videos found in The Sims Online are not actually used in game, and they hold no valuable information (they are just the EA and Maxis logos), we will not document them here. Please refer to the following links: