Gaming Personality John Bain AKA TotalBiscuit Has Passed Away At 33

Found 25th May
2944783-o3oXX.jpgJohn Bain, an internet personality who has gone by the monikers TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit, and TotalHalibut, has passed away according to a message from his wife.

Bain's wife, Genna Bain, posted the news today on Twitter, writing "Rest in Peace my Dearest Love, John @Totalbiscuit Bain, July 8, 1984 - May 24, 2018" alongside an image of the Spanish poem Love Constant Beyond Death by Francisco de Quevedo translated into English.

John Bain was a prominent gaming critic and consumer advocate, known primarily as a fierce opponent of unethical behavior in the gaming industry. The candid commentator had over two million subscribers on YouTube for his videos that covered a variety of subjects from lootboxes, to early looks at indie games, to broadcasts of games like Starcraft 2 and Planetside 2. The "WTF Is...?" series, first looks at new video games, is often credited by indie developers for helping to jumpstart interest in their games that were otherwise not covered by other YouTubers or outlets.

In his role as consumer advocate, Bain broke the news that Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was being given to YouTube vloggers for more positive reactions before it was given to traditional gaming media. He made videos pointing out that this flew in the face of Federal Trade Commission rules that required paid promotional deals to be declared and disclosed. Bain was also key to exposing a promotional deal between Gearbox and online retailer G2A, bringing up the store's spotty consumer reputation as a reason Gearbox should reconsider its deal.

Bain was the recipient of the fan-voted Trending Game of the Year Award at The Game Awards 2014.

Earlier that year, Bain became involved with the Gamergate controversy, declaring himself a member of the movement and speaking about Feminist Frequency video essayist Anita Sarkeesian. He had initially stated that death threats against Sarkeesian weren't credible because she had not been killed, which he later said he regretted.

That same year, Bain was diagnosed with precancerous masses in his bowel. By 2018, the cancer had advanced to a terminal stage, forcing him into retirement as a critic as he rested at home with his family. His retirement announcement came just over a month ago.

Our deepest condolences go to John Bain's friends and family.…spx
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Game critic TotalBiscuit dies at age 33…33/
John Bain, known for his videos under the handle TotalBiscuit, was diagnosed with cancer in 2014.

Agreed with him on most things but not everything (thankfully as we're all human), but the thing that stood out about the guy, afik, is that he would always tell it like it was, championing things that were important to people who just had fun playing games. Read that he helped other aspiring content creators tremendously too.

Sad loss for the gaming scene in general.
RIP, TotalBiscuit. Watching you helped me develop a wider and more interesting view of games and the gaming industry. You will be missed.
I know he mentioned numerous times that he is battling with cancer that will most likely kill him but I didn’t expect it to happen so soon RIP TB
Wow didn't even know he was ill
Tragic. Someone so young shouldn't have died from cancer. He'll be missed, and deepest condolences to his family.
This was very sad news to see last night - we'd known for a while that this was seeming inevitable, but it's still a shock when it actually happens. He'll be a massive loss for the PC gaming scene, taken far too soon.

Edited by: "Illusionary" 25th May
darkstryder3602 h, 16 m ago behaviour from two Bioware employees.

Bioware has been rife with numpties for many years
darkstryder3605 h, 13 m ago behaviour from two Bioware employees.

David Crooks has most likely destroyed his own future in gaming with that outburst! Sad that he felt the need to do that.
.Yoshi.27th May

David Crooks has most likely destroyed his own future in gaming with that …David Crooks has most likely destroyed his own future in gaming with that outburst! Sad that he felt the need to do that.

With the volume of tweets that were posted crooks has been holding onto to this for years. Rather than moving on, or even reaching out to TB crooks has been consumed by it, probably watching the videos back from time to time and has had these tweets saved as drafts for well over a year, measure of the man really.

Pedantry like this only underlines how much of a towering figure TB was, and I'm my eyes, for all the right reasons too.
The Co-Optional Podcast Ep. 217 TotalBiscuit Memorial Edition [strong language] - May 31st, 2018

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