Yeah, I want to compare it to a certain film beginning with p but can't without spoiling it!
Gaming is why I don't switch to Linux aswell. Have you tried Virtual Box? Once you install Guest Additions, you get hardware accelerated UI and it's as responsive as native, and Vbox does a great job emulating separate hardware so everything should work right too. I have two monitors, normally with Ubuntu running on one and Windows 8.1 on the other, I can drag files between them and share the clipboard which is very nice.