Thanks a ton. :-) GoG is definitely a great resource, and I would recommend everyone at least check it out. There's something for everyone.
As for the reasoning some games run properly while others don't work that well, I'm rather unsure. It could be because of the differences in hardware, or it could be because of the fact that the programs were programmed well, and they automatically throttled the speed as needed.. I'm not entirely sure. Anyways, on to updates!
First of all, several days back, I decided to install the full version of MS-DOS on a thumb drive and see if I could boot off it. Good news! It does! The 2 gigabyte thumb drive I used was recognized as a hard drive, and it booted almost immediately (Try doing THAT on Windows 7!), with no issues whatsoever.
Then I tried installing Windows 3.11 on it...
I took my (100% legal) install floppies, put disc 1 into the external drive, and ran the installer. Disc 1 copied over perfectly. I ejected it, put disc 2 in, and hit enter. Perfect. Copied over with no problems. Then I inserted disc 3. The drive started up briefly, it looked like it was ready to copy over... and then "Please insert the disc containing thisf.ile, and hit enter to continue". I ejected the disc, re-inserted it, and hit enter. Nothing.
Afraid the disc failed, I rebooted, and saw if I could read the disc in a different manner. A quick DIR, and I saw the file in question. So I tried again, thinking it was a fluke in the installer. Same thing.
Dejected, I decided to turn off my laptop, unplug the floppy drive from my laptop, plugged it into my desktop, and tried installing Windows 3.11 in a virtual machine. It worked. I then decided to unplug the thumb drive, insert it into my desktop, and just copy the files over that way. After copying it over, I plugged it back into my laptop, booted into it, and typed WIN. After seeing a somewhat distorted Windows 3.11 splash screen and then my laptop locking up, I gave up and thought about what to do next.
Fast forward to this afternoon. I saw Benj uploaded a new slideshow on PC World, "The 12 Greatest PC Shareware Games of All Time" (Seen here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/248494/the_12_greatest_pc_shareware_games_of_all_time.html
). After reading the article for a minute, I noticed, on the first page, the following line: "In almost all cases, you'll need DOSBox, an MS-DOS emulation program, to run the games correctly in Windows, Linux, or OS X." I know he specified that those are needed to run the correctly on modern operating systems, but I just wanted to see how many of them ran fine on my special setup. Here is the results for the games:
Adventures of Captain Comic: Works perfectly.
Kingdom of Kroz II: It ran far, FAR too fast, even in fast mode.
Raptor: Call of the Shadows: Sadly, the only version I had in my archive was lacking File_ID.diz, and threw a fit when I tried to run it.
Epic Pinball: Works perfectly.
Duke Nukem 3D: It ran a bit too fast, but not remotely as fast as Kingdom of Kroz II. It's definitely playable, if you want things running quickly.
Duke Nukem: Now this game... This game had a weird issue. The menus ran too fast, but the game ran at a normal speed. Of course, even though it ran at a normal speed, it had some weird graphics glitches which made it a bit annoying.
ZZT: Looking at the previous text-based game (Kroz II), you'd think it would run just as fast, and be just as unplayable. Possibly more so, since ZZT doesn't have a speed selector like Kroz did. You'd be wrong. It ran just as perfectly as it did when it came out.
Operation: Inner Space: Seeing as this game is Windows-based, it was clearly omitted.
Wolfenstein 3D: It ran fine. There were a few graphics bugs, but they were very slight. Might have been my eyes playing with me, though. That, or maybe those glitches were there before, and I'm just noticing them now.
Commander Keen: Once again, due to lacking File_ID.diz, it didn't want to run.
Scorched Earth: It ran perfectly. Of course, the game almost demands a mouse, and since my laptop didn't have a PS/2 port, it was quite annoying trying to play it without a mouse.
Doom: Works perfectly, even though Duke Nukem 3D didn't. I'm guessing that's a problem with the Build engine Duke 3D was built with.
Now, even though many of the games ran perfectly, there are no sound drivers for a modern laptop like mine that works in DOS, so there was no audio.. Let's face it: Some games, like Doom and Epic Pinball, almost require sound. I would definitely recommend running all the games on DOSBox instead, hands-down. Not only because of the audio, the lack of the mouse, and the bugs, but also because of the stretched screen these games had which was more than a little annoying. At least, with DOSBox, I can turn that off.