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Steady Delta Time

Stephen Loney

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Description

Provides a persistent object that maintains consistent delta timings which can be accessed from a global variable:

global.dt_steady (variable can easily be changed to a preferred naming convention)

[Examples]

// Move right 100 pixels every 1 second
pixelsPerSecond = 100;
x += pixelsPerSecond * global.dt_steady;

// Add 2 to health each second
healthPerSecond = 2;
health = health + (healthPerSecond * global.dt_steady);

// Set number of sprite images to play per second
imagesPerSecond = 10; 
image_speed = imagesPerSecond * global.dt_steady;

// Turn 45 degrees every second
direction += 45 * global.dt_steady;

// Update seconds timer
timerSeconds += global.dt_steady;

...

Also provided is a way to set the delta time scale, allowing you to easily create global slow/fast motion effects for all values affected by delta timing.

obj_SteadyDeltaTime.scale = 0.0; // "Pause"
obj_SteadyDeltaTime.scale = 0.5; // Half speed
obj_SteadyDeltaTime.scale = 1.0; // Normal speed
obj_SteadyDeltaTime.scale = 2.0; // Double speed

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Versions

GMS1 - Version 1.0.0. Published November 28, 2014

GMS2 - Version 1.1.0. Published March 9, 2018

  • Added global.dt_unsteady for "raw" timings
  • Documentation and example tweaks

GMS2.3 - Version 1.2.10. Published December 5, 2020

Improved file organisation for GMS 2.3 and updated included example.

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