British Youtube gaming commentator and a great gaming critic, John Peter Bain has sadly passed away at the young age of 33 due to bowel cancer. Probably more commonly known by his online aliases TotalBiscuit (TB for short), The Cynical Brit, TotalHalibut, and the LUL Twitch Emote, his truly distinctive voice in the gaming industry will be sorely missed.
Now if you don’t know the story of John Bain and why he matters to so many people around the world, lets starts from the beginning. John “TotalBiscuit” Bain is a man that truly showed passion and steadfast integrity for the gaming community and the digital gaming press. He was someone every gaming journalist, gamer and/or content creator should aspire to be.
Rising in popularity in 2010 through uploads of his Let’s Plays and game reviews to his YouTube channel, he was one of the original YouTube gaming critics you could trust. For example, as an avid gamer with a dislike for platformers, he made an effort to tell you why you would enjoy the game, especially if you like platformers. He really didn’t just hate on a game just because it didn’t suit him, but actually tried to put himself in the shoes of those that would. If this is not one of the best signs of a fair as possible reviewer you could get, then I don’t know what media you’ve been consuming. It really didn’t matter if you’re a small indie game or one of the big triple A titles, he was fair in his no nonsense approach and British cynical humor.
Posting arguably some of the best game reviews on YouTube, it really was his “WTF Is… ?” series that make his channel so fun to watch. Generally focusing on indie titles, he would record his true first impressions blind and live. As a consumer, these reviews proved invaluable in exploring the vast library of indies games. You could even say that he championed the indie titles back in the days, which has spawned a lot of other channels doing similar first impressions video reviews.
Now while he wasn’t just creating content for reviews or Let’s Plays, which were entertaining everytime Jessie Cox was involved, he also was an advocate for the general consumer. A constant source of valuable information, he would highlight bad industry practices that hurt the gaming community.
With a degree in law, it also not only made it harder to dismiss him as just your typical whining YouTuber, but someone who truly adds so much more nuances to his critiques of the industry. As a strongly opinionated person, you might not always agree with his views and he might not even agree with yours, yet the TotalBiscuit had always been a respectful person. He would freely give his respects when it is well deserved and that was probably why so many respect his opinions and the man himself.
Not just some random YouTuber, TotalBiscuit really did change the face of the YouTube Gaming community as one of the original gamers on YouTube. He even I would dare say helped make waves in the video game press and the industry as a whole. He had fought against improper use of copyright claims from the developers of Day One: Garry’s Incident, founded the “Framerate Police” Curator group, revealed YouTube content creators being given early access to games for positive reviews, got involved in the Gamergate controversy, and even fought Gearbox Publishing and G2A just to name a few.
A true hero of the gaming community, while TotalBiscuit wasn’t fighting to uphold proper conduct and ethics for the Youtube Gaming community and video game journalism, he was busy being the largest curator on Steam that over 800 thousand people trusted. Not to mention he ran a popular gaming podcast, The Co-Optional Podcast, which I hope will continue to be both a source of entertaining and information for gamers around the world.
Then there was the fact that it felt like he kept the English Starcraft esports community alive as a caster and the owner of his very own Korean Team Axiom at one point. All the while juggling his family life with his wife Genna Bain and his step-son Orion. Talk about a true superhuman who had accomplished so much and touched so many people’s lives in such a short amount of time.
John Peter Bain
July 8, 1984 – May 24, 2018 pic.twitter.com/XchUMNDYXC
— TotalBiscuit. (@Totalbiscuit) May 24, 2018
While I could ramble on how much of an impact he made in people’s lives, especially my own, it’s best we stop here and come to a conclusion. To summarize, TotalBiscuit was someone you can’t really hate because of his passion, intelligence, integrity and conviction. He was someone worthy of your respect and one of the few human being who actually gave a damn about the gaming community, wasn’t afraid to voice his opinions and back them up with vigor. TotalBiscuit was one of those people who truly felt genuine when it came to anything he did or touch. The real deal and like no other, he was a unique figure in the gaming community that I feel can’t be replaced. All I can hope for is that we can keep his legacy alive and strive to make our world a better place like John Peter Bain has done. The Cynical Fleet will miss you and may you Rest In Peace.
Here are some other links that pay tribute to the great John Peter “TotalBiscuit” Bain, as well as some highlights of his best moments.
I'm never sure what is appropriate in these situations but I want to help.
So, I decided to donate my fee from ESL One Birmingham today to Cancer Research.
I never want to have to deliver a message like that on-air ever again.
— Redeye (@PaulChaloner) May 25, 2018