I started simming shortly before Apartment Life was released, so I never saw the original Sims, and was late for the Sims 2 party as well. Sims 3 and 4 will most likely *never* appear on my system, though. I'm happy as a clam playing Sims 2
I love HIM! Been a fan ever since I heard Right Here in My Arms. This was before their albums were even available in the U.S. (around 2002 I wanna say), so I ended up ordering their first 3 albums online. I was going to play Sims 2 today, but I ended up putting my HIM collection on shuffle and have been sitting here listening for the last 3 hours or so. I might play sometime before I go to bed, then again I could easily sit here and keep listening.
Don't really blame you for not wanting to play 3. I do enjoy it, but 2 is just more enjoyable to play if you ask me. I like having control over what goes on, and with the default story progression of 3 turned on it can be annoying. Just an example, in my current Sims 3 game I've been trying to find a good match for my Sim to get with, and just when I think I found someone for her the story progression suddenly decides they are seeing someone. Oh hey Mortimer Goth would be a good match, oh wait story progression decided the Goths were going to move... great! I know some people love it, but I can't even play it unless I have several mods to fix some of the stuff that was put into the game.
* fanseelamb bids haywud a varm velcome and goes off to find some HIM vids
I came to the Sims much the same way you did, I got TS1 for free with a computer I bought; it wasn't right when it was released, but it was still fairly early in the series - Livin' Large/Hot Date, thereabouts. First time I played it, I was completely hooked. Then came TS2, which was the first game I ever bought the same day it was released (and learnt the hard way it was a bad idea to do that with an EA game. But I loved it anyway). I haven't played TS3 and don't think I ever will. There's a slight possibility I'll get TS4 some day, just to try it on for size, but not yet. I'll probably be playing TS2 until the day I die - or until Windows Whatever finally renders it unplayable, whichever comes first.