Depends on how old the "dead" one is. If it's been inactive for roughly 2-3 months, it's okay to make a new thread. But if your question has been answered in that one, it'd be best not to make a new thread at all.
I'm not really into shooter either. Whenever I shoot at an enemy, it will be pretty much me shooting an outline all around him and not 1 bullet hits the enemy. Sad right?
I've played Mostly JRPG's like Final Fantasy, Pokemon, Dot Hack G.U, Kingdom Hearts (of course) and some fighting games like Super Street Fighter 4,Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 and BlazeBlue Continuum shift.
Speaking of Pokemon, I've caught all 493 (I don't acknowledge the next 150 until the third game because they always add new Pokemon) and I have one of each in my PC box. Yes, I did use an Action Replay to help me. XD