John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain has died at 33 | PCGamesN

John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain has died at 33


Gaming critic and industry commentator John Bain, better known as TotalBiscuit, has died at the age of 33. His death was announced last night by his wife, Genna, who tweeted a poem of remembrance. Bain was diagnosed with cancer in May 2014, and announced his retirement from his YouTube channel earlier this month.

On that channel, TheCynicalBrit, Bain posted videos on a variety of topics, from game discussions to industry trends. He hosted the Co-Optional podcast, and had previously hosted another podcast, World of Warcraft Radio, for five years between 2005-2010. Bain also worked with Blizzard as a commentator for StarCraft II, and sponsored and managed a professional team, Axiom.

In a statement issued earlier this month to the TotalBiscuit subreddit, Bain announced his retirement as a games critic, saying that he had been told that “conventional chemotherapy’s effectiveness had been exhausted,” and that he was suffering from liver failure. He continued to host the Co-Optional Podcast, which he said would continue after his death in a shortened format, hosted by his wife.

Several tributes to TotalBiscuit have been posted to Twitter. Many of those can be viewed on the CynicalBrit subreddit, from regular guests of the podcast and members of the StarCraft community.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
1 Month ago

Woke up to this terrible news. I was just looking at my twitter and shocked to the point I kept looking at it but couldn't believe it :(

TsunamiWombat Avatar
1 Month ago

A terrible loss and a tragedy for a life to have been cut so short. My heart goes out to his widow. That being said: "Reports forthcoming Mr. Bain rejected real life because the FPS was too low"

RMB Jump Avatar
1 Month ago

More like unplayable biological bugs.

Also, fck cancer srsly. I've lost way too many people to it. Now my influencers are suffering it too. this is pure crap

WhiteCrow Avatar
4 Weeks ago

Bioware devs being the stand up folk that they are, publically celebrating someone's death. David Crooks is bringing some great publicity to his company on Twitter.

Relevant reddit thread:

Rasenka Avatar
4 Weeks ago

Well, I do agree that comments like those might be in bad taste, but TB himself never shied away from those himself when he felt like bashing people whose problems he didn't care about.

I am sad that he died, I enjoyed some of his content, but the bloke was also kind of a dick. Dying won't change any of that, good or bad.