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Popular British gaming critic 'TotalBiscuit' dies at 33

By Shawn Knight · 11 replies
May 25, 2018
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  1. Renowned gaming critic John Bain, better known by the alias TotalBiscuit, died on Thursday following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 33.

    His wife, Genna Bain, shared the unfortunate news on Twitter.

    As Polygon recounts, Bain first revealed his cancer diagnosis in 2014. A year later, he shared that the diagnosis was terminal but continued to work on his YouTube channel and podcast. In a lengthy Reddit post earlier this month, Bain said he’d recently learned that after 46 rounds of chemotherapy, his body had become resistant to all forms of treatment.

    He announced his retirement as a critic in the post and although he didn’t publicly speculate on how much time he had left, he seemingly knew the end was near and said he wanted to focus on getting his quality of life (pain management) to as good a standard as possible and spend time with his family.

    TotalBiscuit’s YouTube channel has more than 2.2 million subscribers and his videos regularly amassed several hundred thousand views each.

    Bain’s wife posted the words to the poem “Love Constant Beyond Death” by Francisco de Quevedo in announcing his death. Other well-known public figures in the gaming community including Boogie2988 also remembered Bain on Twitter.

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  2. Morphine Child

    Morphine Child TS Member Posts: 24   +24


    Dude had some nice vids :(
    SirChocula likes this.
  3. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 495   +381

    Very sad. Cancer took my wife at the same age. R.I.P TotalBiscuit.
    TempleOrion and SirChocula like this.
  4. Black Slasher

    Black Slasher TS Booster Posts: 30   +26

    RIP :(
    SirChocula likes this.
  5. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,388   +2,058

    Crap. From what I'd seen he was one of the good ones :(
    SirChocula and EClyde like this.
  6. EEatGDL

    EEatGDL TS Evangelist Posts: 627   +310

    RIP :'( Thanks for some great years and what little or much you could do for the gaming community; loved your sense of humor.
    SirChocula and Fearghast like this.
  7. sac39507

    sac39507 TS Addict Posts: 222   +83

    Sometime in the future we will all look back and see how messed up the medical community and government is by letting all these good people die when they knew there was an unapproved but known cure for cancer.
    SirChocula likes this.
  8. amghwk

    amghwk TS Maniac Posts: 382   +215

    I never heard of him as I'm not an avid gaming YouTube-r. But this is a sad news indeed, especially since this is related to a gaming personality, with whom many of us here share common interests.

    R.I.P. John Bain.
  9. Lounds

    Lounds TS Addict Posts: 124   +69

    So young, what cancer was it?
  10. Shadowboxer

    Shadowboxer TS Booster Posts: 127   +46

    RIP. If there is any consolation for his family then its the fact that this guy was revered in the gaming community and carried huge amounts of respect. He achieved more in 33 years than most do in their lifetimes.
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,657   +410

    Think I initially watched his videos of him playing StarCraft and Battlefield. The self criticising banter and analysis of things that he could do better was always entertaing on his "I suck at Starcraft 2" series.
  12. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,172   +1,620

    R.I.P. o7

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