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Steam Family Sharing: How it works (beta hands-on)

I come to you with a very brief hands-on experience of the Steam Family Sharing beta. We gained access to the beta about an hour ago, but that’s at least given us a chance to see how it works — because it might be a little different to what many of us expected. You can’t

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Will Steam OS become the Android of gaming platforms?

It’s a thought I had when I saw Gabe’s talk at Linuxcon about “open platforms” — today’s announcement of a Steam OS has me feeling even more like Steam as a platform will start to look a bit like Android does in the mobile market. To explain, we can compare the iPhone’s iOS and Android.

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Real World Racing: Greenlight Hands On

Bobby takes a look at Real World Racing, a game that’s currently on Steam Greenlight (and also available to buy from the developer’s website). Real World Racing is a top-down racing game for the PC that uses real-world aerial imagery, allowing you to race around many cities around the world. You can buy it now

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Life Goes On: A Quick Look [Video]

Bobby takes a look at the demo for Life Goes On from indie developers Infinite Monkeys. It’s a puzzle-platformer due out later this year, with the unique twist that you must almost always kill your own character in order to progress to the next level. But don’t worry, life goes on&#

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ShootMania Storm Preview, Part Two: Putting Storm on the Map

In part one of Joe’s Shootmania Storm preview, Joe looked at the overall game design ideas, and how it ties into the overall idea that is ManiaPlanet. This time, in part two, it’s time to focus on the specifics of what’s there at the moment — in particular, the game modes that are currently on

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Trackmania 2 Stadium preview

TrackMania 2 Canyon was the latest  game to release under Nadeo’s brand; I reviewed it here on Ironhammers, and really liked it, but now the original TM is back — and this time I’m here with a Trackmania 2 Stadium preview. TrackMania 2 Stadium is the latest addition to Nadeo’s own growing content hub known

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ShootMania Storm Preview, Part One: Cerebral Laser Shooting

The Human Brain and Lasers in Tandem Bunny hopping, jump pads, glowing projectiles and electronic music alongside freedom of movement, speed and the endless war between red and blue – this is the year 1999. Wait, but it has creation tools for players and the sound of a dial-up connection simply cannot be heard. This

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Frozen Endzone Interview: Mode 7 Games discusses their recently announced futuristic sports game

At the end of last week, Mode 7 Games, most notably known for their extremely well received turn-based strategy, Frozen Synapse, announced a they’ve been working on a new game. They’re dubbing it a ‘tactical future-sports game’, which mixes some of the simultaneous-turn-based design of their last game with the sport of American football. I

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Five tips to help a complete ‘noob’ play Dota 2

This past week, I’ve finally gotten around to putting some serious playtime into Valve’s Dota 2. Having played similar games in the past I had an idea what I was doing from the start, but it still managed to remind just how much of a barrier to entry that Dota 2 — and other games

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Readers’ top 5 PC games of 2012

Our readers’ top 5 PC games of the year are in, which is a slight change of direction for 2012 on Ironhammers. Rather than just picking our favourite games, or initiating a poll from a select few games, we allowed our readers to nominate any five PC games released in 2012. Using a point scoring

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