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John TotalBiscuit Bain Died: Remembering the Gaming Critic

John TotalBiscuit Bain Died: Remembering the Gaming Critic
 

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John “TotalBiscuit” Bain, a popular gaming critic, has died at the young age of 33. He bravely fought a tough battle against cancer and had only retired in early May, saying he did not have much time left. Nowadays people are coming together on social media to say goodbye.

1. John ‘TotalBiscuit’ Bain Was One of the Most Well-Known Gaming Critics in the Earth

John “TotalBiscuit” Bain was called one of the hottest and well-known gaming critics in the world. His YouTube station had more than two million readers, and his TotalBiscuit Twitter accounts had over 700,000 followers. He first gained popularity because of his coverage of wow. He explained that YouTube became an employment life raft of sorts for him during the downturn when he lost his job from downsizing. He began producing commentary whilst searching for a new occupation.

He had been a British gambling commentator and critic, and did professional casting for games such as StarCraft II and PlanetSide II. Part of his popularity came from movie commentary on new indie games, together with assessing gaming news. But a lot of his popularity came only from his willingness to offer candid critiques of popular games, such as the popular “WTF Is…?” series.

He climbed in popularity extremely fast. In 2012, Will Porter wrote about him on Eurogamer, stating that people’s perspectives of him were mixed. However, he wrote, Bain’s “rise to prominence” was a fascinating increase.

Porter asked him about his fascination 2012, and Bain said: “YouTube commentary of this style relies on the cult of personality. It’s, sadly, not really about quality, it’s about the person delivering the content – the guy behind the microphone. Strong personalities succeed because they attract large numbers of followers, enough to sustain a reasonable income. Just like other commentators, I reckon this is why people watch me: because they like (or hate) my personality. They certainly don’t enjoy watching me for the skill demonstrated in the gameplay, because that’s just not there.”

In 2012, Bain has been the runner-up for the Best YouTube Gamer award in the People’s Gaming Awards. He won the Battle Royale in 2012 and donated his prize money to the non-profit Charity: Water. In 2014, he won the Trending Game of the Year Award in The Game Awards

2. He had been Diagnosed with Cancer 2014, a Condition that Ran in His Family

Bain was diagnosed with a precancerous mass in his gut in 2014 that measured 2 centimeters in diameter. Two of his grandparents were diagnosed with the identical condition. It was later ascertained to be bowel cancer. At the time, ” he explained the cancer was among the more treatable forms and was not too advanced yet. But the first extent missed it because it was obscured by a mass.

took a long time. It is full blown cancer. Beginning chemo soon, then operation. Doctors optimistic. Do not make my mistake. Get checked.

— TotalBiscuit. (@Totalbiscuit) May 23, 2014

By April 2015, CT results demonstrated the cancer was in remission. However, by October 2015, he revealed the cancer had returned and spread to his liver. There was no cure.  He explained the life expectancy was three decades, but he expected to live past that.

In late 2016, targeted therapy had shrunk his liver tumor by 50 percent. In October 2017, he described his condition as stable, but it was stage 4 cancer.

In November 2017, he shared that the chemo had ceased working.

3. He’d Only Stopped Before This Month

Bain had just retired from his video gaming opinion career earlier this month, Newsweek reported. He explained at the time that the chemotherapy was no longer functioning and his liver was failing. Together with his liver he no longer qualified for clinical trials.

“My body has become resistant to all forms of it (chemotherapy) according to my oncologist,” he composed on Reddit, adding that he’d been around 48 different chemo treatments. “Let nobody ever say I wasn’t stubborn.”

He shared the article on Reddit under a month ago, when he announced his retirement. He explained that most of his pain was due to pressure on his spine from hardened nodules in his liver and also in his lungs. He said dealing with the pain was top priority so his quality of life could improve.

“That will most likely be my last health update, unless some miracle happens or we do indeed find a trial that can do something despite the damage to my liver,” he composed. “I’d ask people not to speculate about how long I might have left. I’ve deliberately left out some details to try and reduce the behavior, though it might very well have the opposite effect. All I do know is that kind of thing is upsetting to some of my viewers that read it and I’d rather not encourage it. I’ve already exceeded the ‘usual’ lifespan of someone with my condition so whatever numbers people come up with are just that.”

He said he intended to keep streaming content on the internet, but he was on too much medicine to give thorough coverage for a game critic. Trying to keep up for the past year was really stressful on him, he said.

4. He Was Married to Genna Bain & They Had a Son

Bain’s career started when he was just 13. He was among the founders of Live365 and a beta tester. He got a law degree from De Montfort University and jointed the university’s radio station, Demon FM, where he hosted a music show about the extreme metal genre.  Bain was also known by the alias Cynical Brit and TotalHalibut. In 2015, he began a Steam group called The Framerate Police.

John Bain was married to his beloved spouse, Genna Bain. She posted a heartbreaking goodbye to him on Twitter, which you can read above.

He and Genna fulfilled in 2005 when he was covering Blizzcon. They’ve a son.

When he announced his retirement, he explained that the podcast Co-optional will be sticking around. The series would be shortened to 2 hours an episode. His wife Genna planned to take over the hosting and production role when he could not. It is not clear if she’ll still be doing this, but he did state he will be comfortable with Genna taking over his stations and resources, and he’d be thrilled if she chose to do so. “I’ve been encouraging her for years to create more content for Youtube, hopefully as we make a bunch of fun videos together over the next however-long, that confidence will grow.”

5. He Tweeted About Dogs to Fight Some of the Negativity of Allergic to Social Media

John Bain wrote a lengthy article describing why his Twitter account focuses so much on sharing photographs of puppies and retweeting dogs. You can read the complete explanation . At the time, he clarified that he needed a many-years-long unhealthy relationship with social websites that began back in the days of forums, ICQ, newsgroups, and IRC chats. He cut himself off for a while, and even went to treatment. But he needed to return to social media when his buddy who handled his account lost his mother. “His bereavement leave is as long as he needs it to be, I took his duties over in the meantime,” he composed. “He is my dear friend and trusted colleague. He gets as long as he needs and maybe, it was time for me to take this role back, perhaps for good.”

So, he said, he realized he had coping mechanisms so he would not just face and argue and insult online. “You can’t completely alter a persons personallty (sic),” he composed “Thats not therapy that’s brainwashing. These traits make up who you are. I am a confrontational, brash, confident to the point of arrogance person. I will fight when I perceive wrongdoing. I will confront behavior I deem unethical head on without concern for being polite about it. I will go after a person of stature who I think is abusing their position and I won’t apologize for it. That is who I am. That is who I have accepted that I will be.”

So puppies, he reasoned, were significant as a form of positive reinforcement.

“Twitters (sic) terrible, but you can make it a bit less terrible. I love dogs. Grew up with them, only briefly lived without them. Dogs make me happy. Sharing pictures of my followers dogs makes me happy and it makes them happy too. Doing it makes Twitter a place I want to be, rather than a place I have to be. It keeps my impression of it positive, it associates positive thoughts with it constantly. It is coping, it is conditioning. It is rewiring parts of a broken circuit, bypassing others.”

“As long as I’m still ok and still here, I’m gonna keep retweeting viewers dog photos. Always, couple at a time. It’s not going to stop unless the photos stop coming in, which I hope they won’t. I’ve been sent over 2500 dog photos in 2 days, which means I can only feasibly retweet a small fraction. But I see em all and feel free to resend them after a couple of days if I don’t retweet yours, maybe you’ll get it next time and I hope that makes you happy. I also hope you don’t take not being retweeted as a slight. Your dog is lovely, all dogs are.”

“I am fine. I am mentally as well as I think I’ve ever been. Despite continuing to fight a disease you’re not supposed to win against (oh sorry, you picked the wrong man to f*** with if you wanted an easy fight), the pain, the side effects, I may be the happiest I have been in a long time. I appreciate the concerns, but you have little choice but to trust my account of how I’m feeling and what my brains doing. For the time being at least, this is what you get and you can choose to go with it, or go elsewhere. For maybe the first time, I think I’m truly ok with either outcome.”

 

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