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Watch Dogs 2 is all about grit, but players didn’t expect to see realistic male and female genitalia on NPCs. That’s right—flaccid, full-detail, unabashed genitalia. In a video game. Woah.

You can look, but you can’t repost—at least using the PlayStation Network. A player who uploaded explicit screenshots of Watch Dogs 2 genitalia using PlayStation’s built-in tools was hit with a month-long suspension for breaching the PSN’s “Code of Conduct.” Now, Ubisoft says they’ll patch the game this week so players can share whatever they want, implying that “particularly explicit” nudity will soon be removed.

Yesterday, NeoGaf user Goron2000 wrote in a post that he “accidentally blew up a few women in a back alley with a gas pipe” on a copy of WD2 he received early. He was surprised that Ubisoft had “rendered a full vagina” on one of the women he’d exploded, which he described as an “oversight.” Said vagina is surprisingly detailed (NSFW).

WD2 vaginas are not, in fact, an oversight. Just a few days ago, YouTuber Servan Demir posted a video of himself encountering a fully nude NPC wearing just a beanie, walking down the street with it all hanging out, and soon after, another video of a small hippie colony feature a fully-naked woman (NSFW):

So, graphic genitalia is a thing in Watch Dogs 2. But when Goron2000 used his PlayStation’s “share” function to post a screenshot of a woman’s vagina on Twitter (NSFW), Sony suspended his PSN account for a a week. He forwarded Sony’s note to Kotaku:

We’re writing to inform you that your Sony Entertainment Network account has been temporarily suspended.

We’ve made this decision based on your online activity in Live from PlayStation on 15-11-2016. . . We ask all our players to act decently, respectfully and with consideration for us and other players while using PlayStation Network. To make sure you understand the behaviour we expect from our community, please review the Code of Conduct here before returning to PlayStation Network. Please be aware that any further breaches of the Code of Conduct may result in a longer suspension or even a permanent ban.

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It’s true that posting sexually explicit conduct is against Sony’s Community Code of Conduct . The PSN Terms of Service prohibits sharing in-game assets that are “defamatory or offensive (including anything . . . sexually offensive”) or anything “vulgar,” a curious word to describe human bodies, but whatever!

In an e-mail, Ubisoft told Kotaku that they’re aware that “one” of the NPC models in Watch Dogs 2 is “rendered in a way that is particularly explicit.” It seems like maybe more than one model is hiding some detailed nether-parts, but sure, Goron2000’s viral screenshot was the most explicit I’ve seen. Ubisoft added:

“While Watch Dogs 2 is a mature-rated game, we apologize and will update this NPC model to make it more consistent with other NPC models in the game in a patch to be released this week. We also are working with our first-party partners to ensure that players can continue to play and share all content from the game within the bounds of the first parties’ respective codes of conduct.”

So, keeping in line with Sony’s Community Code of Conduct and the PSN’s Terms of Service, it appears that Ubisoft will be removing material that, when reposted through PlayStation, could get users suspended.

“Sorry Sony,” Goron2000 wrote on Twitter. “I’ll go back to sharing pics of corpses in RE7 [Resident Evil 7].”

[Update—3:30 PM]: When asked to clarify which genitals they were patching, Ubisoft said, “We are patching the one female NPC.” So, go ahead, let’s see how your digital dick pics do on the PSN. Maybe the gaming world just isn’t ready for explicit vaginas.


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Newfoundland Guide

Working Dog Breeds

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If you could cross a dog with a mermaid, you’d probably get the Newfoundland. Their fans call them Newfs or Newfies. But whatever you call them, it’s clear these dogs were born to be on the water. This enduring, majestic breed makes for great swimmers: their strong tails act like a rudder while they’re swimming and their feet are fully webbed like a duck’s! It’s no surprise then that many Newfoundlands work in water rescue — they’re strong and hardy enough to break through ice and withstand frigid water temperatures.

Nana, the canine nanny in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, was a Newfoundland, but we can’t hold her responsible for Wendy, John, and Michael’s trip to Neverland. After all, she was bred to swim, not fly!

Originally from the Newfoundland Province in Canada, this large-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 100-150 pounds and lives an average of 8-10 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Working group.

AKC Recognized: Y
Breed’s Original Pastime: Water Rescue
Origin: Canada
Breed Group: Working
Average Lifespan: 8-10 years
Size: Extra Large
Bark Factor: Moderate

FAMILY livestock dog, sheepdog, mastiff

ORIGINAL FUNCTION all-purpose water dog and fishing aid, draft

TODAY’S FUNCTION water rescue

AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 28 Weight: 130-150

AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 26 Weight: 100-120

Playfullness Moderately playful

Affection level Very affectionate

Friendliness toward other dogs Very friendly

Friendliness toward other pets Very friendly

Friendliness toward strangers Very friendly

Ease of training Moderately easy to train

Protection ability Very protective

Grooming needs Moderate maintenance

Cold tolerance High tolerance

Heat tolerance Low tolerance



There’s just so much to love with a Newfoundland. They are devoted, sweet, patient, and affectionate. These loving dogs have a go-with-the-flow demeanour and are often great with kids. Strangers—whether human, canine, or other—are simply friends your Newfie hasn’t met yet.


Newfoundlands can be a protective breed, especially toward children. They are somewhat active and will enjoy long romps and space to explore. They also excel in dog sports, including agility, tracking, drafting, conformation, carting, obedience, and—of course—water tests.


Newfoundlands are a very trainable breed — you could say these dogs are teacher’s pets. This breed learns quickly and is eager to please. Be gentle with this sensitive soul. She’ll respond very well to food rewards.



A Newfoundland’s double coat is durable and water resistant, with a fine, soft undercoat and long outer coat. Newfs are heavy, seasonal shedders. All that hair will need regular brushing. You also might want to keep a pet-safe wet nap or towel to hand to deal with the slobber.


This is a fairly sturdy breed. Some of these dogs are prone to heart disease and hip dysplasia; others suffer from kidney stones.

Feeding your baby Newfoundland a growth food for large-breed puppies will slow their rate of growth but not diminish their adult stature which may help prevent or reduce the impact of adult-onset hip dysplasia. Some adult Newfies tend toward pudginess, so be mindful about meals and snacks.

Breed history has moved while this section is under construction. Please check out the first tab for fun facts about this breed’s history. You can also read on to learn about this breed’s ideal family situation.



The American Kennel Club doesn’t list Newfoundlands among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.

You can reduce your furry friend’s impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and allergy-aggravating proteins in your pet’s dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, so they produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog as massive as a Newfoundland! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.


Whatever else happens, this dog wants to be in or on the water, preferably playing with any children she’s decided are hers.


There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re considering whether to bring a Newfoundland home. These are great cold-weather dogs, but they wilt in the heat. If you’re living in Arizona, you should probably find another dog to love unless you live in a giant, highly air-conditioned mansion with several pools. And if you’re a particularly fastidious housekeeper, they’re not a great choice. Newfoundlands are long distance droolers — unless you’ve seen them in action, you might not appreciate just how big this dog’s “splash zone” is. They also shed a fair amount. But for folks who want a big, loyal, smart dog who will love joining your kids as they learn to swim, you can’t do better than a Newfoundland.

Have you decided that a Newfoundland is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend’s hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you’re adopting a dog or cat.


5 things the Apple Watch can do, and 5 things it can’t

There’s fitness tracking and shopping tools, but no built-in GPS or Wi-Fi

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Apple’s latest “one more thing” was a doozy: A high-tech watch that CEO Tim Cook hopes will “redefine what people expect” from a wearable device. The watch does much more than tell the time—but what exactly does it do? And what can’t it?

The $350 Apple Watch is meant to be worn throughout the day and relies on its connection to an iPhone for much of its functionality. It can track health activity, communicate with friends and run a wide range of apps. It can even make retail payments.

Here are five things the Apple Watch can do, followed by five things it can’t.

1. Messaging and calling

There’s a variety of ways to communicate with the device: Users can send and receive messages by dictating them or selecting from preset options. There’s a built-in speaker and microphone for phone calls—though it seems those calls have to go through an accompanying smartphone and not directly from the watch to a network. Users can silence incoming calls by covering the watch with their hand. There’s also a new way to communicate called “digital touch,” which lets people draw on the watch’s screen and send the image to friends, almost like a Snapchat doodle.

2. Siri

Apple’s personal assistant can be accessed on the watch by saying, “Hey, Siri,” or holding down the crown (the winder on a regular watch) on the side of the device. With Siri, users can dictate messages to friends, get turn-by-turn directions or perform local searches, like for movie times.

3. Fitness tracking

Apple says the watch can help people lead healthier lives, by letting them set goals within apps or tracking their physical activity using built-in sensors. There’s an accelerometer like in a smartphone, and a heart-rate sensor that uses infrared and visible-light LEDs and photodiodes. The Watch’s Activity app will graph data like calories burned or how long you’ve been standing up. Its Workout app provides more granular information for specific activities like running and cycling. Meanwhile, the companion Health app on the iPhone will let people share the data with third-party health and fitness apps.

4. Shopping

Paying for an item using the Apple Watch and Apple Pay.

One of the more intriguing features is that the watch supports Apple Pay, a new system intended to replace debit and credit cards for making purchases. It’s based on NFC, or near field communication technology, which is already in some Android smartphones but not Apple’s. Visa, Master Card and Amex card holders will be able to keep their card information on file with Apple, and Apple will create a device account number for each card that’s stored in a Secure Element chip. Watch wearers will then be able to buy items by double clicking the button under the crown and waving their wrist in front of special in-store readers. Apple says its working with Macy’s, McDonald’s and lots of other stores to have the readers installed.

5. Apps

The Apple Watch has a brand new interface that displays apps as small, circular icons. The watch uses what Apple calls a “taptic engine” for alerts and app notifications, so it will vibrate or “tap you on the wrist” when they come in. There’s a range of on-board apps like calendar, Maps, photos, and music. Users can control music on their iPhone from the watch, and music can also be played directly from the watch, though it’s unclear how much storage the watch has. The WatchKit tools will let developers build more apps for the device.

The Apple Watch, clearly, packs a lot of features into a small package. But here are five things it doesn’t have:

1. Universal compatibility

Many of the watch’s functions, like receiving calls and emails, require it to be paired with an iPhone. As of now the watch will only work with the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the 5, 5C and 5S. There’s also no reason to think it will work with Android and Windows phones.

2. A keyboard

To send messages, they must be dictated into the microphone or selected from pre-set responses. This is similar to how smartwatches powered by Google’s Android Wear system currently work. Apple says the watch is smart enough to analyze incoming messages and display the appropriate responses that can be sent back.

3. Its own camera

The Watch can display favorite photos from a Mac or iPhone, but it doesn’t have its own built in camera. It can be used as a remote viewfinder, however, for the camera on your phone. And you can use the watch to snap the photo or set the timer on the camera’s phone.

The Apple Watch has a “digital crown,” but no camera.

4. Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi

For that, you need to be connected to your iPhone. If you go out for a bike ride, or do some other activity that can’t be measured in steps with the accelerometer, the Watch can’t track your distance without your phone.

5. A launch date

One important thing the Apple Watch doesn’t have yet is a firm launch date. Apple said the watch would be available in “early 2015,” but it did not clarify beyond that.


AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 Review

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Welcome to the start of our Radeon RX Vega coverage. Now we’d like to point out that we only received a Vega sample yesterday, on a Sunday. AMD ended up playing the role of the courier and hand delivered the sample to us because the initial Vega 64 shipment got lost along the way. Those samples should be arriving later this week though, so expect follow up coverage soon.

Due to the limited time we’ve had with Vega 56 we have put all our focus and energy on gaming benchmarks, with over 20 games lined up. Later this week, when we receive our delayed Vega 64 sample, we’ll provide a more thorough review where we check for other GPU aspects such as overclocking, operating temperatures and power consumption.

On the upside, we were well aware Vega was on its way and set for release on August 14, so the second we wrapped up Threadripper testing, we changed gears and began GPU testing. All the data in this review is 100% fresh, we’ve recorded it over the last few days using the latest available drivers. As usual, the GPU testing was conducted on our Core i7-7700K test machine clocked at 4.9 GHz.

For now we have scores for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 1080, 1070, and 1060, as well as the Radeon RX 580, and Fury X, covering performance at 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions.

At the head of AMD’s new Radeon RX Vega family we have the liquid cooled edition of the RX Vega 64. This model features 64 compute units for a grand total of 4096 stream processors, or cores. It operates at a base frequency of 1406 MHz with a boost frequency of 1677 MHz. That’s a far cry from the 1.9 – 2.0 GHz Nvidia’s GPUs boost up to, but we knew the green team would still come away with a clock speed advantage.

Even at this frequency the RX Vega 64 LC Edition boasts a peak single precision throughput of 13.7 teraflops, that’s more than the 11.3 teraflops the GTX 1080 Ti spits out and roughly 60% more than the Fury X.

The air-cooled model known simply as RX Vega 64 has the same number of cores, they’re just clocked 11% lower for the base at 1247 MHz and 8% lower for the boost at 1546 MHz. As you might have guessed this has reduced the peak single precision throughput by 8%.

Then we have the cut down RX Vega 56 which we’re testing today. It features 56 compute units for 3584 stream processors and that’s a 13% reduction in core count when compared to the 64 version.

All three models come fitted with 8GB’s of second-generation high bandwidth memory (HBM 2) which provides 484 GB/s of bandwidth for the Vega 64 cards and 410 GB/s for Vega 56. The only concerning specification here is the board power rating which sees the liquid cooled model slapped with a 345 watt rating, 295 watts for the air-cooled model, and 210 watts for Vega 56.

The base Radeon RX Vega 64 “black” is coming in at $500, set to match the current MSRP of the GeForce GTX 1080, and here AMD says it will become “the new GPU king.” The limited edition air cooled version will come at a $50 premium, so $550 all up. Meanwhile, the faster liquid cooled Vega 64 model will come in at $600, undercutting the GTX 1080 Ti by $100.

The Radeon RX Vega 56 will come in at $400, priced alongside the GTX 1070. In my opinion the RX Vega 56 looks to be the best value proposition of the lot and as the most affordable model we’re kind of glad this is where we’re starting.

It’s time we start looking at those blue bar graphs. Do note because we have tested with 25 games at 3 resolutions there are 75 (!) graphs in this review. We’ll just focus on 1440p results for commentary due to time constraints, but the 1080p and 4K results will be shown alongside while discussing the 1440p numbers.

One last and very important note. Please be aware we no longer test with AMD or Nvidia reference graphics cards as we strongly recommend buyers avoid these models (due to the premium involved) and thankfully most consumers do anyway. So rather than testing with the GTX 1070 Founders Edition, we’re using the MSI Gaming X model which is a little bit faster thanks to a better cooler and factory overclocking. You have the full list of graphics cards used in the table below as usual.

GPU Test System Specs

  • Intel Core i7-7700K
  • Asrock Z270Taichi
  • 32GB DDR4-3200 RAM (CL14)
  • Samsung SSD 850 Evo 4TB
  • Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Gaming [11GB]
  • MSI GTX 1080 Gaming X [8GB]
  • MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X [8GB]
  • MSI GTX 1060 Gaming X+ 9Gbps [6GB]
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 [8GB]
  • AMD Radeon Fury X [4GB]
  • Gigabyte Aorus RX 580 XTR [8GB]
  • Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 384.94 WHQL
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 17.30.1051 Beta 6a
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


Far Cry Primal

First up we have Far Cry Primal and here is a quick look at the 1080p and 4K results. Vega 56 trails the GTX 1070 at 1080p and 4K which is odd given it pulled ahead at 1440p. The margins were slim either way but even so we was surprised to find the Radeon graphics card hitting the lead by a 5% margin at 1440p.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

Moving to to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands we see that AMD’s new mid-range to high-end contender trails the GTX 1070 though this time matches it at the 4K resolution. Switching back to 1440p we see that performance is much the same, technically Vega 56 was a frame slower but you know, margin of error and all, so yeah pretty much the same performance in Wildlands.


Next up we have the hugely Overwatch and this is a title that was historically favored the green team and we find that yet again that is the case here with the GTX 1070 comfortably beating the new Vega 56 GPU at 1080p and 4K. Looking at the 1440p numbers we see that the 1070 is 9% faster on average which is a decent win for Nvidia.


Best Pet Cameras

The bottom line: Furbo is top dog

The Furbo Dog Camera has key features (like a pet treat launcher and night vision) that get our tails wagging. It’s the only pet camera we encountered with sound detection that senses barking. If your pup has a bad barking habit, the Furbo will alert you so you can check in, talk to them, and even give them a yummy treat.

Another perk: this camera livestreams in sharp 1080p, night or day. And while it’s on the pricey side, it’s not the most expensive camera on our list.

Here are the top 8 pet cameras

How the best pet cameras compare

Pet Camera
List Price*
Video Quality
Two-way Audio
Motion Detection
Night Vision
Treat Dispenser
Furbo Dog Camera Wyze Cam Pan Pawbo Pet Camera Petzi Treat Cam Petcube Play 2 $199.00 $37.98 $149.99 $143.00 $179.00 1080p 1080p 720p 720p 1080p Yes
✓ Yes
✓ Yes
✓ No
X Yes
✓ Yes
✓ Yes
✓ No
X No
X Yes
✓ Yes
✓ Yes
✓ No
X Yes
✓ Yes
✓ Yes
✓ No
X Yes
✓ Yes
✓ No
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Our approach

We checked out what popular pet sites were saying about different cameras and researched which key features matter most to pet parents. We dug deeper to learn about the top cameras and their pros and cons so we could bring you the best of the best. Read our full methodology to find out more about how we research and review products.

Reviews: best pet cameras

#1. Furbo dog camera: best for dogs

Furbo Dog Camera

The Furbo Dog Camera was designed specifically for dogs and their owners. It boasts two-way audio, night vision, and a pet treat dispenser. So as long as you have the app on your mobile device, you can monitor and play with your pup from work, while you’re on vacation, or from down the hall.

Our favorite feature in this pet cam is the bark alert, which sends a notification to your smartphone when the Furbo detects barking. This feature is especially helpful for those with more vocal canines. You can customize the sound detection sensitivity to your dog’s bark. Furbo also has two-way audio, so you can talk to your dog from the app. The audio through the speaker is clear enough to catch your dog’s attention, too. So whether they’re barking up a storm or just lonely, you can talk to them through your mobile device.

Our only complaint is that Furbo requires a subscription to use its cloud storage service if you want to keep records of your dog’s activities.

You’ll get a 90-day free trial, but after that, you’ll have to pay $6.99 per month or $69 for the whole year. With a price tag around $200, this might be out of reach for many.

#2. Wyze Cam Pan: best value

Wyze Cam Pan

The Wyze Cam Pan security camera wasn’t designed for pet monitoring. It lacks pet-focused features in the other cameras, but its key features (like two way audio and wide angle viewing) show that you don’t need a pedigree to make the top of our list.

This Wyze model has camera features, including night vision, motion tracking, video streaming, and two-way audio. It can swivel a full 360 degrees in under three seconds, and it has pan-and-tilt capabilities to give you an additional 93 degrees of vertical viewing.

Its motion detection feature that moves the camera as it tracks your dog or cat around the room.

The motion tracking is both noisy and a little delayed, and the sound quality for the two-way talk feature isn’t crystal clear. But the Wyze Pan Cam’s 1080p high-definition live video is clearer than many other pet cameras we saw.

Given the low price point, we’re impressed.

#3. Pawbo Pet Camera: best for cats

Pawbo Pet Camera

The Pawbo Pet Camera is a good all-around camera for any pet, but it has a few features that make it a better fit for felines. This cat camera comes with a built-in laser pointer and a treat dispenser your kitty will love. It also has ringtones that meow, squeak, or crinkle like a plastic bag to catch cats’ attention.

You can control the Pawbo’s laser pointer from your mobile device, making it easy to play with your cat while they’re home alone. The app has an automatic feature that points the laser in random directions to get your kitty’s attention. You can also move it manually through a virtual roller ball control.

The app also lets you share images and videos from your Pawbo cam on social media, and you can store additional recordings on your iOS and Android device.

Plus, the pet treat dispenser is a fun way to reward your kitty. It holds only a handful of treats, so you’ll have to make sure it stays full.

There are a few places where the Pawbo Pet Camera falls short. It has a wide 130-degree viewing angle and a 4x digital zoom, but at 720p, it doesn’t produce the high-definition video of its pet camera counterparts. It also lacks night vision, and motion tracking can lag. So while its live video quality isn’t the best, this camera will at least help you see if your kitty is snoozing or sneaking around.


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The unexpectedly great 2012 open-world game Sleeping Dogs has gotten a remastered “definitive edition” for new-gen consoles and PC. Is this new version of an old game worth the price of admission? It depends.

The Hong Kong crime caper surprised us when it first came out two years ago. What could’ve been a run-of-the-mill Asian-themed GTA knockoff was instead a surprisingly soulful game that managed to wear a ton of different hats without messing up its hair. Among those hats: It’s a slow-burn crime drama with a terrific protagonist and a well-written supporting cast. It’s a solid kung-fu brawler. It’s an open-world crime game that actually improves on Grand Theft Auto in a few cool ways. It’s a surprisingly nuanced exploration of Asian and Asian American cultural identity. It’s a great bit of virtual tourism . And it’s got a hell of a soundtrack.

Sleeping Dogs: The Kotaku Review

Oh, Sleeping Dogs. Thank you for rescuing me from this slow, slow summer.

The new “Definitive Edition” is similar to what publisher Square Enix did with their 2014 re-release of Tomb Raider . This time around, the PC has gotten a definitive edition along with consoles, and each version upgrades the visuals while integrating a copious amount of post-release downloadable content directly into the game, including the Year of The Snake, Nightmare in North Point and Zodiac Tournament expansions. The PC version is actually already out; the console versions drop tomorrow.

Tomb Raider On PS4 Is More ‘Definitive’ Than On Xbox One

And both versions look better than the PC version.

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I’ve played a fair chunk of both the Xbox One and PC versions of the game—I haven’t gotten a PS4 copy yet, so I haven’t had a chance to check that one out. Both versions are pretty much the same game, though both look very good, with a noticeable visual improvement over their predecessors. Neither version plays particularly differently from the original, nor do they address the original game’s weak spots—the parkour is still a bit squirrely, shooting still isn’t great, the driving camera is still crazy and the driving itself is still erratic.

Unsurprisingly, the Xbox One version looks much better than the Xbox 360 version did. Other than its lower 30fps(ish) framerate, it looks more or less like the PC version on its highest settings. As for the PC version, that’s less of a clear-cut thing.

The PC version is easily the most “definitive” option, particularly since it has the capability of running at 60fps. The game costs $30 on PC, half the price of the Xbox One and PS4 versions, and it’s only $15 if you already have the original game in your Steam library. But Sleeping Dogs looked good on PC back when it first came out, and until I placed the two versions side by side, I barely noticed any difference.

Once I began switching back and forth between the two, the differences became clearer—the definitive edition has fog everywhere, improved character models and lighting effects, and much more “action” going on in the game’s open world. There are more cars on the street and more people walking around the sidewalks and markets. It’s all cosmetic, but taken together it makes the game feel richer and more atmospheric. (And of course, the menus have been improved in a small but welcome way. )

​My Favorite (Tiny) Improvement To Sleeping Dogs

Open-world Hong Kong crime game Sleeping Dogs has gotten a “definitive edition” re-master—it’s out…

Those new visual bells and whistles do come with a performance cost, however. My PC has an i7 4770k processor with two GTX770 GPUs; it can run the original game at max settings without a single framerate drop, but it was taxed by the definitive edition. I found that by dropping antialiasing and ambient occlusion down a notch I was able to get solid 60fps performance, but players with older rigs might want to be aware of the increased requirements.

Eurogamer‘s Digital Foundry has done an in-depth comparison between all three versions of the game. It sounds like, from their findings, both the PS4 and Xbox One versions are almost on par visually with the PC version, and while the PS4 has the better performance of the two, both console versions suffer from occasional sub-30fps framerate drops. In my brief time with the Xbox One version I did notice some framerate dipping, which was a bummer, but in general the game played fine.

The big question now is, is Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition worth picking up? I’d say that depends on you. Here are some specific recommendations:

If You Haven’t Played Sleeping Dogs: Yes, definitely! It’s a prettier version of a really good game, and the DLC extras are a lot of fun.

If You’ve Already Played Sleeping Dogs on Console: I’d say wait until there’s a sale or something. If you never played the DLC or really want to re-experience the game, that’s worth doing, but $60 is pretty steep for what amounts to a graphical face-lift and some folded-in DLC.

If You’ve Already Played Sleeping Dogs on PC: Nah, you can skip the definitive edition. The PC definitive edition does look better than the original, but the original remains a fine-looking game on PC. That said, if you never played the DLC and really love the main game, $15 isn’t such a bad price to get all of that in a more integrated package.

Hope that’s helpful! For a second opinion, check out Steve’s take over at our Talk Amongst Yourselves blog. And if you’re going to be playing the game for the first time, have a pork bun for me.


4 Models Are Denied Chinese Visas Ahead of Famed Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

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Some models will not be able to appear in the famed Victoria’s Secret fashion show due to visa troubles.

The annual extravaganza featuring Angels like Karlie Kloss, as well as Bella and Gigi Hadid, is set to tape Monday in Shanghai, China, but the show has become a nightmare for four of the models.

Irina Sharipova, Kate Grigorieva, Julia Belyakova, and Dasha Khlystun have all reportedly been denied Chinese visas, barring them from participating in this year’s show.

An Instagram user posted a screen grab of a conversation with Khlystun, who appeared to confirm the news that she would not be walking in the show.

“Hello love! Is it true that you are not going to walk in the show?” the person asked in a written message to the model.

“Hey, yes, it’s true,” Khlystun wrote back.

All four of the models are from Russia or the Ukraine, but it’s still unclear why China wouldn’t issue their visas.

The show must go on, but perhaps without four gorgeous models.

Watch Dogs Strut Their Stuff On the Runway In Designer Duds for the Best Reason

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National Dog Show Live Stream: How To Watch The Adorable Thanksgiving Tradition Online

Who needs football on Thanksgiving Day when you can watch tons of cute pups compete for best in show at the National Dog Show. We’ve got your live stream details on how to watch it online.

The National Dog Show presented by Purina has become an annual tradition that’s as American as turkey and NFL games. NBC airs the puptactular event every year and we’ve got your details on how to watch it online. Over 2,000 canines went before the judges on the weekend prior to the contest and on Nov. 22 we’ll get to see the finals where the champion from each of the seven categories will compete for the coveted Best in Show. 192 breeds made their way to the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s ring to get fluffed, buffed and judged in the event’s 17th year. It airs at noon in each time zone on NBC following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Scroll down for how to watch the competition live online.

This year two new breeds have been introduced to the competition. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen and Nederlandse Kooikerhondje will hit the ring for the very first time. According to the American Kennel Club, the Griffon is a “hound dog known for its sweet, shaggy appearance and impressive stamina.” The Kooikerhondje is “an easy-going and friendly dog inside the home and an agile, lively dog outdoors.” Oh, and it’s REALLY cute!

Newton the Brussels Griffon will be giving up his title as Best in Show. He represented the Toy Group after going up against other pups from the Hound Group, Herding Group, Working Group, Terrier Group, Sporting Group and Non-Sporting Group. Whew, that’s a lot of adorable pups competing to be top dog.

As usual, actor and dog lover John O’Hurley will be the host of the annual event alongside AKC-licensed judge David Frei to give thorough details about each breed. NBC’s skating fab twosome Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir will be on hand to provide behind the scenes coverage, as the dogs undergo plenty of primping and grooming before heading into the ring. NBC will be carrying the event which begins at noon EST. For those who want to watch online while busy prepping their thanksgiving feasts, you can watch the live stream via NBC Sports through your cable provider information by clicking here.


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