If you want your game to work in real-time, set the realtime_interval tag in the prelude.
The number indicates how long each realtime frame should be. In the above case, twice a second the game engine will tick, but with no input. Player input is processed as regular.
So, there are two sorts of ticks - one where the player has input, and then realtime ones - to tell them apart, you can search for this pattern.
(only triggers on real-time ticks) [ stationary Player ] [ a ] -> [ Player ] [ b ] (only triggers in response to player input) [ moving Player ] [ c ] -> [ moving Player ] [ d ]
Because you're working on a realtime game, you might want to limit the speed at which a player can move - you can do this with the throttle_input prelude switch.
With this switch, if you press the same direction multiple times in rapid succession, you'll still move no more quickly than key_repeat_interval. You can still alternate directions quickly, and press action as quickly as you like.
If again is triggered, no realtime ticks will happen until the again stuff has finished.