The demo was likely highly optimized. It by no means is an accurate depiction of how the full game may perform.
Honestly, I couldn't help but laugh at this part.
It's closer to the truth to say that everyone who bought into it are waiting on the universe.
Unless there is a deeper, more philosophical meaning behind it. As in your universe consists of waiting... then it's 100% accurate.
The Old Blood is a good game in it's own right. I really liked it. No reason not to play it IMO. Get it on a Steam sale it's fun.
It is definitely extremely rare that a game sequel ever requires you to play the previous ones though. Even things like Mass Effect don't ever require you to. My gaps between games are usually so long I can't remember many details by the time I get to the sequels anyway.
New Order has a far better campaign than the Old Blood and a lot of people I talked too weren't overly happy with the boring zombies in the Old Blood.
Absolutely. The 40 dBA target for Max-Q is a massive part of the appeal - it was especially impressive with the original Zephyrus.
Hopefully the latest model will match the thermals of the original model despite the full-fat GPU. Alongside the lower price, it could be a top contender in 2018 if it all works out.
Have to say when I tried it at CES, running a relatively graphically intense VR game (Echo Arena) the noise wasn't noticeable.
One of the reasons it's such a reassuringly weighty box is the level of cooling Intel have jammed inside. It's an overclockable chip too, so it's been designed with a fair chunk of thermal headroom built in.