At that time dating sim was only popular among Japan and other East Asian countries, but it was definitely something fresh to most parts of the World.
Sim Girls was the first known web-based dating sim, and it quickly grabbed the attentions from millions of players around the World.
I went into engineering at the beginning, but it was too boring so I switched to computer science.
I stayed there for a few months and I finally gave up and transferred once again to an art & business related program.
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The Sim Girls flash game project started early in 2001. The game was first launched on newgrounds.com,a home for flash movies and games in 18 April 2002 as DNA² Girls,then as The Hentai~Sim Girl and as Sim Girl.
If you've never played a dating sim, just know that there isn't much challenge, as it's more of an interactive movie than an actual video game.