Final Focus is a series that highlights the best interviews conducted on TSSZ News Final, a live, somewhat regularly scheduled longform interview program airing Saturday nights on TSSZ Plus. Be sure to follow TSSZ Plus on Twitch to be alerted when we go live.
In this edition of the Final Focus, we present a two part video interview with James Landino. You may remember Landino from his work on acclaimed fan games Sonic Before the Sequel and Sonic After the Sequel. Since then, he’s been behind an array of work from indie games to AAA fare. Landino spent some time at Harmonix working on, among other things, Beatnicks, Dropmix, and Amplitude HD.
In this interview, we speak to Landino about his work of past and present, how he became involved with community projects effectively on a chance encounter, his work turning tables as a video game DJ at major conventions, and the time he met Crush 40’s Johnny Gioeli at a friend’s barbecue.