Heat Signature Released – Blue’s News Story


Steam now
offers the launch of Heat Signature, a new action/adventure from Tom Francis and
Suspicious Developments, the team behind Gunpoint (thanks Cameron).

This post
has word on the launch and details on the fixes in a day one patch
that’s also now available. Here’s word on the game, which involves sneaking into
spaceships to pull off secret missions. Here’s
the launch trailer
along with an explanation:

Break into spaceships!

Fly your pod up to any spaceship in the galaxy and dock with its airlock to
sneak inside. From there, you’ve got to sneak up on the crew, outshoot them in
slowmo gunfights, or outthink them with clever gadgets. Take missions to steal
loot, assassinate VIPs, or rescue friends.

Take your time!

Get out of impossible situations by pausing at any time and taking as long as
you need to figure out a clever plan. You have a wide range of gadgets with
clever uses, and you can switch, aim and fire them with no time pressure at all,
letting you pull off ridiculously cool tricks without needing twitch skills.

Liberate the galaxy!

All your missions get you closer to liberating new space stations from the
empires that control them, and this unlocks new gadgets to buy in your shops,
and special challenge characters to play.



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Buddy Guy enlists blues artists, families to help promote prostate cancer awareness


Like many men, respected guitarist and vocalist Phil Guy kept his health struggles a secret from his family, relatives said.

In his final days, he appeared fatigued and sluggish but wouldn’t say much. Diagnosed with an advanced stage of prostate cancer in 2008, Guy still attended a summer musical tribute to his older brother and blues legend Buddy Guy. But it wasn’t until he was admitted to hospice care soon after that relatives learned how truly grave his condition was, according to his niece Carlise Guy.

“My dad and family were coming and sitting with him and just watching him deteriorate. After learning more about it, we were thinking, ‘He didn’t have to be here,'” said Carlise Guy, Buddy Guy’s daughter. “He never talked about (his diagnosis). He just said he had things going on. We found out after there was nothing he could do about it.”

Phil Guy, who rose to prominence in Chicago’s vibrant blues scene, died Aug. 20, 2008, at 68.

Prostate cancer is among the most common cancers in men in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 1 in 8 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. The incidence and mortality rate among African-American men is about double that of white men, according to CDC data.

This year, in memory of his brother and former bandmate, Buddy Guy, 81, has become a national spokesman for prostate cancer awareness, calling for men to get screened and raising money for national prostate cancer education organizations through a series of blues concerts sponsored by advocacy group PCa Blue. September is also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.

“I always wanted to be involved in whatever I could be of help,” Buddy Guy said. “But after I lost my brother, going on 10 years now, I felt like I should say something. Because a lot of people, especially in my family, don’t say anything until it’s well too late.

“I decided I better go see a doctor. I almost made a song, ‘Don’t wait too late, you better check that prostate.'”

At the campaign’s kickoff event this week, the black-and-white photos of music titans on the wall at Guy’s namesake club in the South Loop were represented by their children, some of whom had lost men in their family to the disease.

Joseph Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, channeled his father’s declamatory vocals and belted out, “Got My Mojo Working.” Shirley King, daughter of B.B. King, wooed fans with her melodic covers of blues hits. And Buddy Guy couldn’t resist the chance to sing B.B. King’s “Never Make A Move Too Soon” alongside his daughter while his son, Greg Guy, plucked an impressive guitar solo.

Although the children of blues greats drew the crowds, medical experts and prostate cancer survivors were the opening acts, warning about risk factors, and detailing screening procedures and treatment options.

The goal, PCa Blue CEO Ivy Ahmed said, is to spread awareness in a nonthreatening environment.

“There’s no white coat syndrome,” Ahmed said. “You can take the best practices in public health and save lives. Here’s the dream and the vision: No one loses their uncle; no one loses their dad. That’s really what it’s about.”

Prostate cancer, typically found in men older than 65, is often a slow-growing disease that, in many cases, doesn’t prove to be fatal. However, the problem lies in aggressive cases that go unchecked by men who put off regular doctor visits.

Though incontinence and erectile dysfunction are associated with prostate cancer, many men living with prostate cancer don’t have noticeable symptoms. Even with routine checkups, the disease can be difficult to detect.

Doctors can perform a rectal exam to monitor for the growth of the prostate and a blood test to gauge levels of a substance produced by the gland, but a biopsy is the only method of confirming whether a patient has prostate cancer.

The American Cancer Society recommends those with more than one relative diagnosed with prostate cancer begin screenings at 40, African-Americans and men with at least one immediate relative with the disease at 45, and all others at 50.

Blues musician Lester Kinsey Jr., of Gary, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in his late 70s. For more than 20 years, he performed with his three sons as Big Daddy Kinsey & the Kinsey Report, but the illness broke up the band when he could no longer tour. Kinsey died in 2001.

“We were a blues family,” his son and bass guitarist Kenny Kinsey said. “When we lost him, it was a big void there. It turned everything upside down a little bit because he was the patriarch of the family and the band.”

The brothers, whose father put instruments in their hands as early as they can remember, continue to perform as the Kinsey Report in hopes of carrying on their father’s legacy. At Monday’s concert, Kenny Kinsey intended to use the blues as the medium not only to entertain but also to educate.

“Dad instilled the blues in us, and we’re keeping it alive,” Kinsey said. “We are determined to keep it going.”

Paul Wertico, a seven-time Grammy-winning drummer, considers himself a living testament to the benefits of early detection. Wertico, 64, had just finished his book “Turn the Beat Around” and released his band’s sixth album, “AfterLive,” this year when, without any warning signs or family history, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

“On the Gleason scale (which is from 1 to 10) 8, 9 and 10 are when it starts spreading,” Wertico said. “I was at 7. If I would’ve waited a year, who knows what would’ve happened.”

Wertico, an associate professor of jazz studies at Roosevelt University, underwent robotic surgery in July to remove his prostate gland and was able to return in time to teach the fall semester. Wertico attended Monday night’s event as a speaker rather than a performer, telling a packed house that good choices matter, whether it’s doctor visits or drum solos.

“Life is just one big improvisation,” he said. “You just have to make the right decisions.”

tbriscoe@chicagotribune.com

Twitter @_tonybriscoe



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Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf Released


Steam News announces
the release of

Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf
, a Warhammer 40K action/strategy game that
originally came out for mobile devices. The game was in early access, and

this post
discusses its graduation and provides a
new gameplay trailer.
Word is: “Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a card-driven turn-based tactical game
which features RPG elements, containing a single player campaign, survival and
PvP modes. Win these battles using the arsenal of weapons, abilities and cunning
of the sky warriors.”



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Blues music awards 2012 winners



2012 The 22nd Annual Los Angeles Music Awards. The Blues Music Awards are awards presented by the Blues Foundation, a non- profit Category, …



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Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Launches


ArenaNet announces the launch of
Path of Fire
, the second expansion for
Guild
Wars 2
, their MMORPG sequel. To celebrate the news, they offer

this post
with an infographic celebrating the game’s success with some
numbers reflecting their players’ engagement. Here’s a
launch trailer, and
here’s word on the release and the infographic:

ArenaNet™, publisher and
developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars franchise, today announced that Guild Wars
2: Path of Fire, the second expansion to Guild Wars 2, is now live. The
highly-anticipated expansion is available at digital and retail stores across
North America and Europe. Path of Fire comes to PC just two months after the
conclusion of Living World Season 3 and just in time for the Guild Wars 2’s 5th
anniversary.

To mark this milestone, ArenaNet also released an infographic today highlighting
the impressive milestones that Guild Wars 2 has achieved over the past five
years. Since its launch in 2012, the game has welcomed over 11 million players
globally who have created over 53 million characters, while earning a staggering
78 trillion total experience points over more than 61 free content releases and
one expansion.

For veterans and newcomers alike, Path of Fire delivers a vast new region that
takes players across magic-drenched desert plains, ancient temples and ruins,
and beautiful oases. Tyria’s very existence is in danger, as Balthazar, the god
of war and fire, and his Forged legions descend upon the Crystal Desert and
adjoining kingdom of Elona in their relentless hunt for Elder Dragons. To
preserve the balance of magic and protect Tyria, players must hunt down and halt
the rogue god and his army on their path of terror and destruction.



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