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In the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, there currently hangs a gallery of my photodocumentary following ustwo games over the course of 15 months as they made Monument Valley 2. As this is Making Games Is Fun, it was a study of the people there as well as the game they were making.
Lauren Cason, an artist at ustwo, is about to fly the nest to return to America, so I felt it was time for us to chat. I like to interview people on the cusp of change, which is why I interviewed Jessica Curry as she was due to take a step away from The Chinese Room and Aubrey Hesselgren as he ventured into the world of freelance. Like many of us, both of their lives have changed significantly in the last couple of years.
Similarly, Lauren is very much about change, variety, adventuring. I wanted to talk to her about how she was feeling about leaving and what makes her so keen to soak up as many experiences as she can.
We eat a delicious meal, we go for a walk in the beautiful early afternoon sunshine and we even draw a few tarot cards to find out what our futures hold for us. And whilst Lauren will be missed, we know that, when it's once again time for her to move on, we'll see her back here some day.