Some things are best left untouched
I really need to stop getting myself involved in projects that I’m attracted to primarily due to the nostalgia I feel when I think about it, and previous projects I’ve been a part of like it. Some things truly are, meant to stay dead. When revived, they seem to never bode well for two reasons:
- Extremely high expectations – People will expect what they believe they remember from days past, they’ll want to relive their childhoods.
- The people involved in the revive tend to be reviving it for the wrong reasons.
When I say wrong reasons, I’m not talking money or anything like that. I’m referring to how many people don’t get involved in a project solely because they’re interested in the process of making and/or working on it. They’re there looking forward, too far forward. They’re working towards a goal – the “making” of it is only a means to an end (that can never be reached). This seems to be a good way to fail.
I recently was part of a group that tried to revive a gaming community that we all remembered with smiles on our faces. While we had good intentions, it was executed horribly. And in doing so, we tarnished the name. For the people who did return, that community will never be the same. It would almost have been better to not have tried at all. Yet, initially – it was a blast. A lot of that old nostalgia came racing back in full force for a lot of people involved. One thing led to another however. Once you take a step down the wrong road it’s hard to return. Each time we tried to right our wrongs, we only seemed to make it worse. People started leaving. The place was dead before it hit the ground.
Sometimes, it’s best to let things stay as memories. The things that made it special were the people, the time, and the place. These are things that would be nearly impossible to recreate. And if you succeeded to recreate it, who’s to say you would like it still? Since that place was alive, you’ve grown and changed as a person.
Be smart and think twice before you enter any kind of revival for a long-dead project of any kind, no matter your reasoning.
I wish I had.