Wow I didn’t see this until now, we can, the article asked which version was my favorite and why. You CAN still go back, but there are no old multiplayer servers up, and finding those old mods is next to impossible. I have a couple versions of mods stored but otherwise good luck.
1.12 because of the multiplayer mod with lighting- I shed a tear for those who never experienced it
Plus the menu was more in character.