I've been thinking about this idea for awhile and I'm wondering what the Slashdot crowd thinks. Take a game, ideally a big game like a Diablo 3, and make this game a native Linux game. Since most people do not run Linux on their home machines, have the installer of this game install a virtual machine on the windows/mac/whatever box that will install a virtual Linux build (probably a stripped down one) that will be used to play the game. This will allow anyone on any machine to play the game using this virtual Linux machine. lucky Linux users will be able to play the game right from their distro and everyone else will just have a, hopefully, transparent virtual machine which runs the game. If this idea got big enough, someone could make a standard Linux virtual machine that any number of games could use to run. Suddenly we would have a universal gaming platform or a virtual console. This console could then transition people away from the days when games were build for a specific operating system. Could something like this work? Is someone trying it? Has M$ already filed the patent?