What started you simming?
Well My step-mom started with TS1 after a while she never played again.
It wasn't until i was in the 6th grade when I found it and she passed it to me. After that just never got off of it. when i went looking for extra content as my step mom said there was. I found TSR. Then when i started TS2 I found MTS, GOS , and BPS through the exchange/BBS. So yeah . thats how i became a simmer
That got me started, and now I've discarded all other games in favor of this utter addiction. If ever I lose the ability to play or mod for this game, I'll be in need of professional help!
It was right around that time when this little game called The Sims was coming out to PC and my friend and I got it and we were instantly hooked. Years went by and between multiple expansions and console versions I was pretty Simmed out, then the The Sims 2 came out and it was like a breath of fresh air. It took the basic idea and added generations, aging and aspirations which totally gave another thing for us to do instead of just trying to keep them alive. My mom wasn't at all interested in TS1 but she was drawn to TS2 and she and I still play it to this day. It's nice to have someone else to talk Sim-stuff about with.
I got Sims 1 deluxe as a random shopping from a kiosk years back, cause I was bored and needed new game to play. What a different life I would have had if I had decided it cost few marks too much (Finnish currency at that time)...!
So I played Sims 1, and then realized there was Sims 2 for play station 2, so I got that, and got hooked for building. That lead on to buying the Sims 2 games for PC, and then I was so hooked I had no way to return. When TS3 came, I was so sold.
I love Sims, and my life would be so boring without it, and the awesome people I have met.
I remember the day when my father bought me a copy of the original Simcity. I also remember that I liked it very much. It's been such a long time since I've played it, and I no longer have the disks for it, so I may have forgotten some of the finer points of it. By modern standards, it was very primitive. The top down view was the only choice you had, and every zone was 3x3. But, it pretty much snowballed from there.
Later, I started playing games such as Simcity 2000 (anyone remember the flying alien from outer space?), and SimTower (I could never maintain a 5-star rating!).
Eventually, I became aware of TS1. I wasn't sure what to expect of it, but the thought of it was exciting. Instead of acting out the part of an immortal, dictatorial mayor, I was instead an omnipotent being able to directly control the lives of actual sims, in their day to day lives. Will they be happy, or sad? Fulfilled, or disappointed?
Later on, I bought a copy. It's shortcomings (particularly in the base game) are too restrictive nowadays, but at the time it just seemed so great. I fell in love with the game almost immediately, despite the fact your sims couldn't visit others' homes, were effectively on house arrest 24/7 (except for work), couldn't drive, and they were expected to work 7 days a week. Though I also remember it was possible to take every other day off work without penalty. I had initially skipped the EPs, though I learned what a BIG mistake that was when I ultimately purchased the TS1 Complete Collection. When I bought it, many of the shortcomings were still present, but it was SO much better than the vanilla base game. SO many more things for sims to do, and much less boring than the TS1 base game alone. I vowed never to make the same mistake again with any later versions.
Some time passed, but eventually I learned of TS3. Remembering my lesson learned with TS1, I didn't buy it until some EPs were available. I get the impression I would have been highly sick of Sunset Valley (at least with only the base game features) if I had. So actually, I waited until both World Adventures and Ambitions were available, and thus have always had them.
Though eventually, I started to get bored of it. I'm just glad that I discovered the concept of CC, Mods, and so on, so it's not as boring anymore. As I've mentioned in my introductory thread, I'm mostly a lot builder, though I've been making glacial slow progress on a world, and I've been branching out into other areas of modding. For example....child sims in TS3 can't play the LN instruments....seriously?
Nowadays, I don't play as much as I once did. Instead, most of my time spent on Sim-related activities making more lots and other modding for it.
Sorry for the long post. I actually cut out some things for the sake of brevity, but that's the general gist of it.