digitaldc writes with this quote from PCWorld:
"It kills me to say this: The dream of Linux as a major desktop OS is now pretty much dead. Despite phenomenal security and stability — and amazing strides in usability, performance, and compatibility — Linux simply isn't catching on with desktop users. And if there ever was a chance for desktop Linux to succeed, that ship has long since sunk. ... Ultimately, Linux is doomed on the desktop because of a critical lack of content. And that lack of content owes its existence to two key factors: the fragmentation of the Linux platform, and the fierce ideology of the open-source community at large."
If you like the old games, maybe you still have them hanging around somewhere? I'm a big fan of dosbox: http://www.dosbox.com/ and other emulators that run great under linux. I've got a couple of wireless logitech game controllers for the ROM emulators. http://tinyurl.com/yz6tyop