MS on PC Gaming – Blue’s News Story


There’s an
interview on PCGamesN
where Microsoft once again expresses their alleged
love for PC gamers, talking about Windows 10, remasters of older MS PC games,
and their Play Anywhere program. Mike Ybarra, president for Windows and Xbox
gaming, tells them they want to make Windows 10 “the best operating system for
gamers,” talking about non-Win10 specific features like support for 21:9
resolution, SLI, and AMD Crossfire. Adam Isgreen is the creative director at
Microsoft Studios Publishing where they are working on an Age of Empires
remaster, and he tells them: “We want to treat PC like a first-class citizen.”
It’s hard not to be cynical about this, as they’ve hyped PC gamers with similar
raps in the past, but have never shown a lot of substantial results. And
frankly, saying you want to make Windows 10 the best gaming OS seems an
admission that it isn’t already, and wanting to treat PC like a first-class
citizen suggests that it has gotten second-class treatment in the past.



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Blues and Brews Bash set for this weekend


POMEROY — If you like blues music and craft brews you need to look no further than Pomeroy this weekend as the 17th annual Big Bend Blues Bash adds a new twist with craft brews.

The Blues and Brews Bash kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday with local rock band Blitzkrieg on the Pomeroy parking lot main stage.

While there will be a handful of local acts, there will be performers from other parts Ohio and West Virginia and other parts of the country, as well as the Isle of Mann.

Noah Wotherspoon of Cincinnati will perform on both Friday and Saturday evenings as part of the event.

Wotherspoon has been immersed in the blues and mesmerizing audiences with his soulful guitar playing since he was a teenager. The band, which includes Rob Thaxton on bass and Brian Aylor on drums, formed in 2009. In 2015, Wotherspoon received the Best Guitarist Award at the International Blues Challenge and the band placed second in the Finals. Since the competition, they have been playing festivals and venues around the world, from the Mt. Baker Blues Festival in Washington to the Olsztyn Blues Nights Festival in Poland. The band’s debut studio album entitled “Mystic Mud” was also presented a “Jimi Award” for Best Blues/Rock Album of the Year in 2015 by Blues411.

Other Friday evening performers are to include Patrick Sweany, Johnny Rawls, and Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons.

Saturday offers a mix of regional performers, started off at noon by Brent Patterson and the Saturday Night Showcase. Point Pleasant’s Napalm All-Stars, the Blue Z Band from Oak Hill, Pop Friction from Point Pleasant, Parkersburg’s Sunset Roosters and Pomeroy’s Jake Dunn & the Blackbirds round out the regional acts.

The annual Bash will conclude with Eliza Neals & the Narcotics, Davy Knowles and Albert Castiglia.

Davy Knowles is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m., Saturday.

The journey began for Davy Knowles growing up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green and Mayall in his father’s record collection, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit. Knowles’s professional career started with a bang — arriving in America age 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album, and rave reviews at SXSW 2007.

A relentless four year tour regime followed for Knowles in support of his albums, taking in legendary festivals Lollapalooza, Memphis In May, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits and headlining shows at The Troubadour, Red Rocks, World Cafe and The Iridium. He also toured with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, The Who, Warren Haynes, George Thorogood, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rhythm Devils, and the Satriani/Hagar inspired supergroup Chickenfoot.

Albert Castiglia is scheduled to perform at 10 p.m., Saturday.

Big Dog (his latest release) will confirm that Albert Castiglia is a different breed from the lightweights and arrivistes who dominate the modern music scene. After five acclaimed albums and decades of blazing blues-rock shows, you might argue that you’ve already made his acquaintance. But by the Florida bandleaders own admission, Big Dog is the first release to truly get under his skin. I just wanted to make a record that best represented who I am, as a musician, singer, guitarist and live artist, explains Albert. With every release, Ive come close, but this time, producer Mike Zito helped me nail it. He and label boss Thomas Ruf wanted me to make a raw, rocking blues record. That’s what I’m about, that’s who I am.

In addition to the music, five breweries — Little Fish Brewing, Devils Kettle Brewing, Pomeroy’s own Maple Lawn Brewery, Sixth Sense Brewing and West End Ciders — will be featured, serving 10 brews by pint or flight.

Big Bend Blues and Brews Bash

Friday, July 28

Main Stage

6 p.m. — Blitzkrieg, Pomeroy, Ohio

7 p.m. — Noah Wotherspoon, Cincinnati, Ohio

8:15 p.m. — Patrick Sweany, Nashville Tennessee

10 p.m. — Johnny Rawls, Pervis, Mississippi

Court Grill Stage

10 p.m. — Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons, Columbus, Ohio

Saturday, July 29

Main Stage

Noon — Brent Patterson and Saturday Night Showcase, Pomeroy, Ohio

1 p.m. — Napalm All-Stars, Point Pleasant, West Virginia

2 p.m. — Blue Z Band, Oak Hill, Ohio

3 p.m. — Sunset Roosters, Parkersburg, West Virginia

4 p.m. — Pop Friction, Point Pleasant, West Virginia

5 p.m. — Jake Dunn & the Blackbirds, Pomeroy, Ohio

6:30 p.m. — Eliza Neals & the Narcotics, Detroit, Michigan

8 p.m. — Davy Knowles, Port St Mary, Isle Of Mann

10 p.m. — Albert Castiglia, Miami, Florida

Court Grill Stage

10 p.m. — Noah Wotherspoon, Cincinnati, Ohio

Information from the Big Bend Blues Bash Facebook page.

Numerous musicians will converge on Pomeroy this weekend for the 17th annual Big Bend Blues Bash.



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Pyre Ignites – Blue’s News Story


Pyre is now available
on Steam, offering
a party-based RPG from Supergiant games, the developers behind Bastion and
Transistor. As Alfred once sagely put it, some men just want to watch the world
burn. Here’s a complete rundown on what Pyre offers:

Pyre is a
party-based RPG in which you lead a band of exiles to freedom through ancient
competitions spread across a vast, mystical purgatory. Who shall return to
glory, and who shall remain in exile to the end of their days?

Key Features

  • A New World From the Creators of Bastion and
    Transistor


    Experience the biggest and most imaginative world yet from Supergiant! Get
    to know an ensemble cast of characters struggling to earn back their freedom
    as you make your way across the forsaken land called the Downside.
  • Action-Packed Three-on-Three Battle System

    Battle against a colorful cast of adversaries in pitched, high-stakes
    confrontations where each victory (or defeat!) brings your exiles closer to
    enlightenment. Choose three from your party for each Rite, and outfit them
    with mystic Talismans and powerful Masteries.
  • A Branching Story with No Game-Over

    In Pyre, you will never be forced to lose progress. Whether you prevail or
    you fail, your journey continues. The interactive narrative is expressed
    through a story that no two players will experience in quite the same way.
  • Challenge a Friend in Versus Mode

    On top of the single-player campaign, Pyre features a local two-player
    Versus Mode, where you can play against a friend (or CPU opponent) in one of
    the game’s fast-paced ritual showdowns. Form your triumvirate from more than
    20 unique characters.
  • Rich, Atmospheric Presentation

    Pyre once again showcases the award-winning talents of the team that created
    Bastion and Transistor. From the vibrant hand-painted artwork to the
    evocative musical score, every aspect of Pyre’s presentation draws you into
    its fantasy world.
  • Accessible, Customizable Controls and 4K Ultra
    HD Graphics!


    Play with gamepad or mouse-and-keyboard using fully customizable controls
    custom-tailored to PC. The game offers a highly scalable challenge both in
    the campaign and Versus Mode. Experience it all in stunning 4K resolution
    (compatible display required)!



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Play Just Cause 3 for Free


Steam is
currently offering the chance to play Just Cause 3 for free until tomorrow
afternoon, which includes the chance to check out the Just Cause 3 multiplayer
mod that’s

now available on Steam
(thanks

DSOGaming
). The game is currently on sale for those who enjoy their sample.
If you aren’t willing to try this just ’cause, here’s a pitch on the game:

The Mediterranean republic of Medici is suffering under the brutal
control of General Di Ravello, a dictator with an insatiable appetite for power.
Enter Rico Rodriguez, a man on a mission to destroy the General’s hold on power
by any means necessary. With over 400 square miles of complete freedom from sky
to seabed and a huge arsenal of weaponry, gadgets and vehicles, prepare to
unleash chaos in the most creative and explosive ways you can imagine.



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Happy Go Lucky Blues – Tommy Steele sheet music piano vocal



Words and music by David Hill, Wally Gold and Doc Pomus. | eBay!



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