Prosecco vs champagne: Italian sparkling wine sales overtake champagne as Brits quaff £339m

first_imgSales of prosecco have overtaken champagne for the first time as Brits knocked back a third of a billion pounds worth of the Italian sparkling wine.The value of prosecco sales has rocketed by £142m, or 72 per cent in the last year, hitting £339m – fizzing ahead of its French rival. Champagne sales were flat, up just 1.2 per cent in the year to mid-July. With total sales of £250m, that means it’s trailing behind prosecco, according to retail analysts IRI. It’s the third year in a row sales growth of the sweeter tasting, cheaper-priced drink have surged ahead of the classic bottle of champers.Read more: Everyone panic – there could be a global prosecco shortage this summer “Prosecco is a fashionable drink that provides a cheaper and excellent quality alternative to champagne. It’s no wonder that it now outpaces champagne in value as well as volume and is being chosen above champagne at weddings. It’s quickly becoming the nation’s summer drink of choice,” said Toby Magill, head of beer, wine and spirits insights at IRI, which counts sales data across supermarkets, off licenses, convenience stores and independent sellers.“Champagne brands will need to focus on helping shoppers see the value of their premium brands if they want to fend off the advances of their popular prosecco cousins as they move into the premium end of the sparkling wine category,” he warned. Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror Lynsey Barber whatsapp Share center_img Wednesday 19 August 2015 6:15 am Prosecco vs champagne: Italian sparkling wine sales overtake champagne as Brits quaff £339m whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Ex-felons may have voted in the November election despite not meeting qualifications

first_imgFelon cyclist runs stop sign, arrested for gun possession May 17, 2021 Voters like Shawn Fowler feel the matter should be looked into more deeply.That’s where the state comes in. They’re supposed to have a database but right now, they don’t.Neil Volz with the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition said he is frustrated by how little the state is capable of.“When the government is not able to tell somebody themselves whether they’re eligible but has an expectation that somebody is supposed to know that on their own. I think we’re in a situation where frustration is pretty natural,” Volz said. Voters like Jamil Davis who supported Amendment Four are not surprised by the findings.“I’m disappointed but not surprised because we’re talking about the government,” Davis said. According to Florida law, any felon who knows they’re not eligible to vote and does so anyway could face a third degree felony. Advertisement“Our job is to take the applications and take the applicant’s word that is on the application and process it,” Lee County election supervisor Tommy Doyle said. County election offices can’t identify if someone is a felon.“We don’t have a database that shows us convicted felons and their eligibility status,” Trish Robertson with the Collier County Supervisor of Election office said. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: electionFelonVoting SOUTHWEST Fla. – Some ex-felons who voted in Florida’s November election may not have been qualified to vote at all.However, the state may never know since they do not track whether felons have paid their fines and fees.Florida voters gave ex-felons the right to vote two years ago by passing Amendment Four.That means a former felon could legally walk into their election supervisor’s office, grab a voter registration form and register to vote. Now, a big question is would the state even know if the person is eligible?center_img RELATEDTOPICS DNA leads to convicted felon’s arrest on gun charge March 4, 2021 MLB pulls All-Star Game out of Georgia over voting law April 5, 2021 Florida’s proposed voting changes could impact older residents April 14, 2021last_img read more

NBC2 Anchor Kellie Burns shares her experience getting the COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgLee County’s top doctor says COVID-19 cases are ‘creeping up’ March 18, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementCheck out NBC2’s Vax Facts page for everything you need to know about the vaccine. COVID-19 in Southwest Florida: Mystery, mourning & moving forward March 9, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS NBC2 Anchor Kellie Burns got her COVID-19 vaccine Monday!She received her first Moderna shot at the Lee County Vaccination Site off Chamberlin Parkway in the old airport terminal parking lot.Kellie will go back for her second shot in about a month.She is very excited that so many members in our community are putting their health first, choosing to get a vaccine when available. Pregnancy & COVID-19: New study shows increased risk of negative outcomes April 24, 2021center_img More scientists think COVID-19 spreads primarily through the air April 24, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Coronavirus AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

New compound discovered kills antibiotic resistant superbugs

first_img Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Comments (0) Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By EH News Bureau on May 28, 2019 MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Share New compound discovered kills antibiotic resistant superbugs Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Read Article The new compound developed by University of Sheffield experts has killed antibiotic resistant gram-negative bacteria, including E. coli, during testsA new compound which visualises and kills antibiotic resistant superbugs has been discovered by scientists at the University of Sheffield and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL).The team, led by Professor Jim Thomas, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield’s, is testing new compounds developed by his student Kirsty Smitten on antibiotic resistant gram-negative bacteria, including pathogenic E. coli.Gram-negative bacteria strains can cause infections including pneumonia, urinary tract infections and bloodstream infections. They are difficult to treat as the cell wall of the bacteria prevents drugs from getting into the microbe.Antimicrobial resistance is already responsible for 25,000 deaths in the EU each year, and unless this rapidly emerging threat is addressed, it’s estimated by 2050 more than 10 million people could die every year due to antibiotic resistant infections.Doctors have not had a new treatment for gram-negative bacteria in the last 50 years, and no potential drugs have entered clinical trials since 2010.The new drug compound has a range of exciting opportunities.Professor Jim Thomas explains: “As the compound is luminescent it glows when exposed to light. This means the uptake and effect on bacteria can be followed by the advanced microscope techniques available at RAL. This breakthrough could lead to vital new treatments to life-threatening superbugs and the growing risk posed by antimicrobial resistance.”The studies at Sheffield and RAL have shown the compound seems to have several modes of action, making it more difficult for resistance to emerge in the bacteria. The next step of the research will be to test it against other multi-resistant bacteria.In a recent report on antimicrobial resistant pathogens, the World Health Organisation put several gram-negative bacteria at the top of its list, stating that new treatments for these bacteria were ‘Priority 1 Critical’ because they cause infections with high death rates, are rapidly becoming resistant to all present treatments and are often picked up in hospitals.The research, published in the journal ACS Nano, describes the new compound which kills gram-negative E. coli, including a multidrug resistant pathogen said to be responsible for millions of antibiotic resistant infections worldwide annually. antibiotic resistant superbugsE. coliRutherford Appleton LaboratoryUniversity of SheffieldWorld Health Organisation Related Posts News WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Add Commentlast_img read more

Intelligence Brief: Why does Huawei matter?

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 03 APR 2019 Author Blog: How is chip shortage affecting US? earningsGSMAiHuawei Read more GSMA Intelligence Related Blog center_img In just about a week, I’ll be headed to China. It will be my second trip to the country this year, with one more planned in June. You might ask why I’m headed there so much? It’s a fair question, one I’ve asked myself on more than one occasion even though the answer is fairly straightforward.Let’s start with the specific events I’m headed to. June brings MWC19 Shanghai and last month was a quick trip to Beijing to talk up what happened at MWC19 Barcelona along with launching our latest research on the Chinese market.I talked a bit about the trip in one of our Data Point videos last month and you can find the Mobile Economy China report here.Both of these point to a very simple reason for all the 12-hour flights: China is an important mobile market. This is so patently obvious that it feels silly writing it out. But, whether we’re talking about 5G launches, IoT scale or the innovation that comes from a society with 1.1 billion smartphone subscribers, the importance of China as key to understanding the direction of mobility is clear.And the trip that’s coming up? That’s my annual visit to Huawei’s analyst conference. I’ve been to every one of these for more than a decade. Skipping out on the chance to catch up with the vendor (or any of its major competitors) never feels like a wise decision. But, if “China is important” explains the other trips, a visit to Shenzhen raises an obvious question. Why is Huawei important?This, too, might seem blatantly obvious. Given the amount of news circulating around the vendor lately and a plea for “fact-based” judgements on it, it’s still worth highlighting some basics.Operator market shareWe don’t model network infrastructure market share at GSMA Intelligence. That’s okay, there are plenty of other people who do. My friends at Dell’Oro Group have Huawei capturing 29 per cent of the telecom equipment market in 2018, the top position, with Nokia and Ericsson taking a distant second and third, respectively. In other words, you can’t talk about the state of telecom networks in 2019 without talking about Huawei.Mobile market presenceOf course, telecom networks market share and mobile infrastructure market share aren’t the same thing. So, let’s look at this a different way. How many mobile networks is Huawei present in?The company claims to have supported 5G tests with 182 carriers. Does that seem high? It shouldn’t. Our own analysis of network launch announcements has Huawei touching more than one-third of operator 4G launches, over-indexing in some markets like Europe. That means you or someone you know is likely touching a Huawei-powered wireless network on a regular basis (US readers excepted).Operator revenuesOver the past five years, Huawei’s carrier business revenues have grown by almost 80 per cent. The figures for key competitors? Let’s just say they’re not quite that solid.I’m not sold on the idea that revenue success points to product superiority. However, it does support R&D scale and the financial stability operators like to see when making an investment that needs to live for ten or more years.End-to-end capabilitiesAnother idea I’m not sold on? That end-to-end capabilities always help to win deals. Maybe for smaller operators which need a one-stop shop or a bundle of base stations and mobile devices. But Ericsson does pretty well for itself without smartphones to sell and Cisco manages to sell into mobile operators without a base station portfolio.So why does end-to-end (in this case network infrastructure, consumer devices, and enterprise gear) matter? In part, because diversification helps with financial stability. In part, because these disparate spaces are converging as operators look to build networks on IT technologies and build services that more directly touch the consumer (think smart home, gaming or AR/VR). Know-how that touches all three spaces is an inherent advantage.So, is there anything else I’m forgetting?Oh yeah, that security thing and Huawei’s recently released 2018 annual report.As we said in our MWC19 Barcelona wrap-up, “5G is increasingly positioned as ‘critical infrastructure’ given its potential for societal digital transformation. The critical nature means that 5G security is paramount”.In other words, while mobile network security has always been top of mind, nobody should have been surprised by the elevated focus on 5G network security. And, as we talked up the possibilities the technology brings, and the scale benefits of a single ecosystem, we should have all been able to predict the stakes at hand and the potential impact of banning any major network vendor from 5G deployments: delayed service rollouts; the cost of replacing existing network assets; potential global R&D contraction due to constrained competition; and potential global technology scale impacts.It’s a doom and gloom scenario, for sure. But Huawei’s latest annual report provides some important context. Among all the data in it, a few points stand out.After years of double-digit growth, Huawei’s carrier business had a tepid 2017 (growing 2.5 per cent) and a worse 2018 (shrinking 1.3 per cent). As a result, the company’s consumer business suddenly became its biggest money maker, accounting for 48 per cent of revenues.Meanwhile, the Chinese market has steadily grown in importance for Huawei: where it was 35 per cent of revenue in 2013, it’s now almost 52 per cent. Combined with EMEA, the markets generate 80 per cent of Huawei’s sales.What’s the story here? That the ascending importance of consumer and Chinese markets will impact how Huawei looks at its business strategy and how best to deal with security concerns? Retrenching on the easier wins?To date, there’s been no indication of a pullback. And, here, another highlight of its 2018 annual report is worth notingIn 2016 and 2017, Huawei kicked off its report by answering three questions: who is Huawei; what do we offer the world; and what do we stand for? In the latest document, it added a few new questions: who owns Huawei; who controls and manages Huawei; and who does Huawei work with?The additions send a clear message: Huawei wants to signal that it operates around the world, as a private company with “no government agency or outside organisation” holding shares. A pullback wouldn’t benefit anyone. Not Huawei. Not its carrier customers with “1,500 networks in more than 170 countries”. Not the global standards organisations it supports.Of course, this is a message it’s been sending for some time now. How that message evolves in the face of commercial and political progress on 5G is the key question. And it’s why I’ll be in Shenzhen later this month.– Peter Jarich – head of GSMA IntelligenceThe editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. 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Whitefish Says Goodbye to Cowboy Gerald

first_imgAs we traverse this planet and this life, we will meet those indelible individuals who change us, those who make us better or impact the way we see the world. For Whitefish, the recent loss of Cowboy Gerald is indeed a community loss, a passing of a local luminary who made life brighter and more interesting for those around him. Cowboy Gerald, whose full name was Gerald Daymude, passed away Dec. 16 after a battle with cancer. Like the buckaroo he was, the Cowboy left this world when he knew it was his time. “He was ready to go,” Tom Gilfillan, owner of Whitefish Pottery and the Cowboy’s friend, said. Cowboy Gerald was a deeply religious man, Gilfillan said, and was at peace toward the end of his life. The only reason he didn’t want to pass on was that he was sad to leave his Whitefish friends behind, Gilfillan said.“He said, ‘I don’t want to go, but if I go I just want to take all of you, my friends, with me,’” Gilfillan said. The Cowboy became a fixture in downtown Whitefish about 10 years ago, where he would chat up businesspeople and tourists alike in his western duds and spiffy, colorful cowboy boots. His love for cowboy boots and culture started at an early age, and continued as he grew up. Some of the boots in his vast collection are from decades ago, and some feature intricate, handcrafted designs.The folks at the Backdoor General Store took a shine to the Cowboy’s style, and displayed a dozen pairs of his boots at a time, always rotating so he could continue to wear the vast variety of his collection. It wasn’t uncommon to see tourists stop and take photos with Cowboy Gerald, and many of the downtown business owners were familiar with his open and expansive personality. He seemed to live by the Cowboy Code, part of which says, “Few cowboys ever owned much. The primary reward of being a cowboy was the pleasure of living a cowboy’s life.”The news of his cancer was a shock to the community, which held fundraisers to support him through his illness. One of the main events was a silent auction for a Jessica A. Glenn watercolor painting of Cowboy Gerald, which was originally priced at $1,100 and sold for $1,500. The community will keep caring for the Cowboy, with a memorial service planned for Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at Austin Funeral Home, where folks can come and pay their respects. “He was a great addition to Whitefish, and all the people who got to meet him he brought a lot of joy and love to,” Gilfillan said. Austin Funeral Home is located at 6200 U.S. Highway 93 S in Whitefish. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

People on PUP should get Fuel Allowance – SF

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp People on PUP should get Fuel Allowance – SF Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – February 3, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th People on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment should be entitled to a Fuel Allowance, according to Sinn Féin.The party has put forward a motion on the issue which will be debated in the Dáil later.Earlier this week, People Before Profit called for the fuel allowance to be doubled with so many people staying at home.Unemployed people must wait at least 15 months before they’re entitled help with heating costs, meaning those on PUP are excluded.Sinn Fein social protection spokesperson, Claire Kerrane, says that needs to change:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/fuel7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleDriver arrested after testing positive for cannabisNext articleSurge in Covid deaths due to ‘restrictions lifted before Christmas’ News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

NUIG to reflect on role EU had in peace process today

first_img 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Twitter Google+ NUIG to reflect on role EU had in peace process today Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn NUI Galway’s hosting an event today to reflect on the role the EU played in the peace process in the North.It’s invited academic experts to the event , which will also discuss the Irish border in the shadow of Brexit.It comes at a time when EU involvement in the peace process and cross-border relations are at the centre of public debate.Event Organiser, Dr. Giada Lagana from NUI Galway says the EU helped facilitate the peace process:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/ngghgorth.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest By News Highland – April 27, 2018 Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Previous articleNew toilet facilities for popular play parkNext articleFodder import scheme extended by one week News Highland Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Cultures Exchange Video Contest (ME)

first_img Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Thank you so much for this oppertunity! I will make the most of this one. Share 0 Tweet Pocket 212 Photography Istanbul LinkedIn 0 The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest 2021 on April 27, 2012 at 12:32 pm By @CreativeFilmake says: ← Aday Project – Capture Daily Life on May 15th 2012 By IFEY says: April 15, 2012 Published by Site Default Log in to Reply It’s a big opportunity, and I’ll do my best! from Greece Log in to Reply Reddit By Jeandre Strydom says: 3 thoughts on “Cultures Exchange Video Contest (ME)” Deadline: 20 July 2012Open to: Young people between 16-32Prizes: 1000$DescriptionME is cultures exchanges contest for young people all around the world. The contest is a platform for young people to tell others about their cultures in a short 3 minutes film. You have the opportunity to tell the world “This is ME”!!The organizing team comes from different parts of the world gathered with the aim to share their learning from cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.The main objectives of the contest are to learn from cultures diversity and encourage young people toward intercultural dialogue.You can share*:Your cultural beliefs, moral values, traditions, language, laws, etc.Your normal daily activitiesWeekend activitiesFamily and neighborhood informationWorkHistory of your village, town, city, etc.Social activities & projectsEducationReaction to world issues(* you may cover all the above topics or you can select from them.. Just be creative!!)PrizesThe organizers offer a prize of 1000$.EligibilityThe contest is open to young people from all around the world between 16-32 years.The video must be maximum 3 minutes in length (anything over will not be accepted), and it should be in one of the following languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Japanese, Italian, German and Dutch, as these are the languages of the organizing committee.Attention: Video SHOULD NOT contain vulgarity, violence, defamatory language, or any inappropriate contentsShould your video not appear in the contest page within 5 days, please send email to [email protected] or [email protected] your video to YouTubeSend the YouTube link of your video via email to [email protected] or [email protected] your name, age, contact details, video language and nationality in the body of the emailDeadline for submission is 20 July 2012.The Official Website I highly appreciate this opportunity and will make the most out of it.IFEY from Nigeria on April 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm on April 24, 2012 at 6:14 pm Similar Stories Log in to Reply Fourth Human Rights Youth Challenge +1 Cultures Exchange Video Contest (ME) CID Academy, Course for Youth Workers, Kumanovo, Macedonia →last_img read more

Haven is about “cooking, chatting, drinking, kissing — that’s very French”

first_imgHaven is about “cooking, chatting, drinking, kissing — that’s very French”The Game Bakers’ Audrey Leprince on finding the recipe for a quintessentially French gameRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 22nd October 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareYou’d be forgiven for thinking, if you were unfamiliar with the studio’s work otherwise, that The Game Bakers primarily makes cooking games.Aside from its name, the company’s website features an interactive cooking pot with click-and-drag ingredients for making different types of games. And then there’s co-founder Audrey Leprince, who keeps dipping back into mentions of food during our conversation at PAX West about the studio’s upcoming game, Haven. “It’s all about cooking, spending time together, chatting, drinking, kissing — and that’s very French,” she says.That said, as many times as it came up as a part of the discussion, Haven doesn’t revolve entirely around food. Rather, Haven uses food and cooking and the companionship they foster to take a sharp turn from the fiercer plot of the company first title, Furi, opting to tell a love story instead. “Furi was about freedom,” she says, “and this game is about love and what you’re willing to do for love.””There are a lot [of games] about dating, or where you love someone but they’ve been killed. We decided to do a love story about an established couple” “Emeric [Thoa], the creative director, and myself wanted to do a love story for a very long time,” she adds. “We had just done Furi. It was a challenging, hardcore, skill-based game. Very intense. And we wanted to change things completely. To go for the opposite, which is relaxing, feel-good, going to bring a smile on your face. We wanted to make something that wasn’t already being done everywhere in the industry. And there are actually not that many love stories in games.”There are a lot [of games] about dating, and some stories where you actually love someone but they’ve been killed and you have to avenge them, or you have to save the princess. That’s about the range of the love stories. So we decided to do a love story about an established couple. They’re already in love, and they’re going to have a happy, healthy relationship. It’s not going to be horrible and terrible and dark, and they’re [not] going to have to survive or die of starvation. No, it’s going to be okay.”Though she knows she’s bucking a trend, Leprince thinks that all types of love stories are important for games. She suspects that gaming’s history of treating relationships either in terms of dating or loss is reflective of the industry’s age — indicating we may start to see more games like Haven over time.Protagonists Yu and Kay’s banter can be playful, sensual, concerned, quarrelsome and more as it reflects the emotional variations over time in established relationships”Maybe we want to talk about dating when we ourselves are in a dating phase, and now we’re a bit older at Game Bakers and we want to talk about an established relationship because we are in established relationships,” she says. “Game developers always talk about what they’re living at the moment.”I don’t think other games get it wrong. I just think they treat it from a different angle, which can be interesting. We all love dating; it’s a big part of relationships and life. We just wanted to do something different, something that’s not done enough, and that we think is fresh for people.”Specifically, Haven is about an established couple in a fantastic, futuristic world that arrive on an unknown planet, fleeing some enemy force that would otherwise tear them apart. At least in the short demo shown at PAX, it appears that the lovers will spend the rest of their lives on the empty planet, alone except for one another.”Usually people rely on drama, right? We have to rely on something else: intimacy” Leprince is firm that they’re not on the verge of breaking up or dying, so the story will revolve around the ups and downs of their normal, presumably healthy relationship. But she adds that this presents a very particular creative challenge — Haven can’t rely too heavily on conflict to push the story forward. Instead, despite the urgency of the game’s opening, it wants players to stick around because they find the characters’ relationship relatable.”Usually people rely on drama, right? We have to rely on something else, more of the intimacy you find with the characters. The fact that they make you laugh, they make you smile. The food they eat, the way they talk, it feels so familiar. And the characters, we designed them to make you [see yourself] a little bit in them. I’ve heard a lot of players say, ‘Oh, this is totally my girlfriend,’ or ‘This is totally me.’ It’s all about making those characters relatable, fun, and touching.”All that said, Haven is still an RPG, with the main characters Yu and Kay exploring their new home planet together, gathering ingredients, looking for signs of life, and eventually fighting with strange, corrupted creatures. But even here, their relationship is at the heart of everything; the pair level up not just by fighting together, but also by talking to one another back at the ship, cooking together, eating, and doing any number of other activities side by side.It would be easier to keep track of the time Yu and Kay spend *not* touching one another than the time that they doIn that regard, Haven is both a unique take on relationships as well as a little bit of everything in terms of genre. Leprince tells me that another quintessentially French element of their studio is a passion for Japanese cartoons and art, something that ended up being reflected in the game’s art and style.”We’re French, and we’ve been raised on Japanese cartoons from the 80s,” she says. “We love Japan. We like the anime style, and we wanted to have super expressive characters with details and emotions on their faces. This is where the design of the characters came from. [Haven has] colorful environments, a lot of vibes of color, and relaxing plains. It’s a bit like Journey meets Persona in some way; you have from Journey the beauty of the environment and the gliding [the characters move through the world by sort of hover-gliding], and Persona for the story-driven RPG, strong characters, and action.””How many times have you seen two people in a bed together, hugging, in a game?” One other element of Haven that was instantly striking in its PAX West demo was the amount of physical intimacy between characters. In games depicting relationships, it can often be awkward or outright immersion-breaking to watch two 3D models kiss, hug, or otherwise be intimate with one another. But Haven doesn’t shy away from kissing or hugging, and goes even farther to frequently depict movements like Kay playfully backing Yu up onto a table as things heat up, or Yu gently resting her arm on Kay’s chest while they sleep. The pair constantly hold hands out in the field.”It’s an established couple, so of course they have physical intimacy. We’re not going to show it graphically, but they kiss, they hug, they’re in bed together. How many times have you seen two people in a bed together, hugging, in a game?”The challenge is to find the fine line between too cheesy and not touching enough. It’s a very fine line, even with the character design and how they speak to each other. You can’t be too cheesy. But you can’t be too cold or too sarcastic. It doesn’t work. We have a really great writer, and I think he managed to hit that line.”Though she’s not willing to get into specifics just yet — Haven is due for release in 2020 — Leprince has a particular idea in mind for what she wants players to feel when they finish it. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “We need to have meaning in our games,” she says. “We love entertaining games that are just entertaining and fun and crazy. But the games we make, we want you to remember them long after you finish them.””It’s okay to be happy,” she adds a bit later. “It’s okay to have happiness in everyday life. There is beauty in your everyday life, and I hope people will see it there.”Disclosure: PAX organizer ReedPOP is the parent company of GamesIndustry.biz.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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