I fired up my very first mmo, City of Heroes, over the weekend because I wanted to play something else but not WoW.
I quickly picked a few elements of my superheroe's costume, choosing some new items that didn't exist back when I played and ran through the starter zone. I reached a common area, Atlas Park, and noticed familar comments in chat - costume contests, etc.
But you can't go back can you? If this had been my first time in City of Heroes I would have marveled, no pun intended, at the flames shooting from one players feet. Or been amazed at the 2 players hovering over a statue.
Just like when I saw the very first warrior in full matching armor back before tiers and dungeon sets.
"How do I get that?" "Where does that come from?" "Where can I get some of those?"
Once all of those questions are answered, once the mystery is gone you can't get that wonderment back. At least not by going back to old games you've left behind.
Sorry if this sounds depressing too, I'll address it when I get a chance.
16 hours ago