If neither Sony nor Sun are willing to cough up the "initial" investment, then what is it going to take to get a venture capitalist for example to do it?
The same as any other VC, a good business case, a good salesmans, luck and alot of smarm.
I figured as much Kev. I was trying to initiate a discussion exploiting the "good business case". For example, there are some good Java game engine tools/libraries available. JME, Agency9, Cosmic is still in development, but it looks good, LWJGL, maybe others. GenesisFX is not a game engine but a great (IMHO) special effects tool for Java3D game development. But are these technologies at the level that PS3 game publishers require since commercial games are going toward the next generation game phase? Can games developed in Java compete with the games that are being developed now for the game console? I would think a VC would like to see evidence of this before making an investment. If given the financial backing, could a game like Battlefield 2142 be made with Java. Personally, I think so, but who has done it?