The purpose of delta timing is to eliminate the effects of the
lag or slowness of computers that try to handle complex graphics or
a lot of code. It is a value that can be added on to the speed of
objects so that they will eventually move at the same speed,
regardless of lag. This is achieved in GameMaker: Studio by
using the read only variable delta_time every step
as it measures the time that has passed between one step and the
next in microseconds (1microsecond is 1,000,000th of a second).
Therefore the variable delta_time can be used to calculate
how much faster (for example) a game character has to move to make
up for a lag spike in the game.
speed = spd * (ot - delta_time);
The above code will set the speed of the instance using delta-time to correct for lag. The variable "ot" would be used to hold the previously calculated delta_time value so that the ratio can be used to multiply the base speed value (held in the variable "spd") and so get a consistent speed for the instance.