if you edit fstab it will obviusly mount perfectly on each boot, but imo you cannot rely on everyone to know or understand how to edit fstab.
tbh i doubt that there is really much of a diffrence today in speed, cost or reliability using a brand new usb stick vs sdcard considdering it is most likely using somewhat same chips and it is therefore up to the sdcard reader vs the controller on the usb stick which could arguably be marginally better on a usb stick than the raspberry, considdering it might be newer/better.
however, considdering that it will be using usb 2.0, i doubt there will be a major diffrence if any anyway.
a really high end sd card will most likely outperform a low end usb stick and vice versa,, high end sd card and high end usb sticks will most likely perform somewhat the same at about same price range, so in my oppinion it is just easier to just use a decent sd card and not have the hassle of editing anything (more than neccessary).
however i do agree and see your point, that it might be easier for a windows user to have a drive you can actually read in windows.
but considdering i dont use windows it isnt really a problem for me personally as i can just pop in the sd card in my computer and read it.
@dankcushions@jamesnj thanks for the replies, @jasonw how did you install your fan< did you put a hole in the case and place the fan there? and if not how did you install it because the case I will use has 2 holes/vents for airflow, one at the top and one at the bottom, so I am wondering whether the fan should go at the top or bottom vent or should it be installed into the case.
You should also give the Amstrad CPC, a go. Great games, and when programmed properly they were often very colourful games that looked best across all the 8-bit computers. I got the Pi Amstrad emulator working, and it looks and runs great. Again, I own the real thing, but I can't use the same TV as the Pi, since the Amstrad came with it's own 14" monitor. So a comparison isn't apples to apples. But it's close.
That Micro Men docu, was good. But, like you said, a few liberties were taken when it came to Sir Clive. I believe he was portrayed a bit too nicely, probably for TV. Some people from that era have said he has often a bit of a bastard, and wanted things completed yesterday.