I'm planning on assembling a machine for development testing and all kinds of software emulation. I already know what to choose in terms of hardware, and my initial idea is installing Ubuntu as the native OS and Qemu (or KVM). But I also would like to play emulated games on that computer - nothing extremely demanding, mainly titles from the early 2000s.
I know there are a dozen of good game emulators for Linux, which I can install directly on top of the native Ubuntu, but Windows still seems to be better served with those. Hence my question: if I emulate, say, Windows 7 on Qemu/KVM and then install a game emulator for Windows (like MAME) on that (emulated!) Windows 7, how much frustration may I get from that experience in a scale of 0% to 100%? Why? [Share your experiences]
Also, would you have any suggestions for the native Linux OS + emulation platform combo?
PS: dual-booting two native OSes is not an option