Started with Silent Assassin as a 'pocket money burning a hole in my pocket' rental from Blockbusters when I was about 13. Eventually Hitman kept me going throughout the hardest years of my life - through psychosis, depression and a suicide attempt. This damn franchise was always there, being awesome and helping to keep me going. It's hard to overstate how much emotional attachment I have to it.
May I be playing new Hitman games when I'm old and decrepit (like some of you ancient gits)!