I have some very basic experience with emulators from years back. My cousin is in the army in Iraq doing some really cool work training female Iraqis to be police officers. I want to send her something fun for Christmas, and had an idea to make a self-contained CD or USB key with as many classic games as I can fit on it.
I would like it to be very foolproof, with little to no installation required and very little in the way of system requirements. They have pretty regular access to PCs, but their time is limited so it's important that she can pop it in and quickly play a game.
Ideally I'd like a custom front-end to allow her to select from a list of games on multiple platforms. I might send (along with the disk) a USB controller or two, so she doesn't have to use the keyboard.
I'm just looking for any suggestions. Or if something like this already exists, I don't want to reinvent the wheel. My backup plan would be sending one of those 50-in-one boxes that you hook straight up to a TV, but I'd prefer not to go that route.