As many of you have probably heard already, video game critic and internet personality John “TotalBiscuit” Bain passed away yesterday after years of battling bowel cancer. In order to help ease the financial stress for his wife and son during this difficult transition, family friend David Sievers has created a GoFundMe page.
Bain was highly outspoken in his commentary, and managed to ruffle more than a few feathers, but at the end of the day his goal was always to improve the video game industry. He was mainly known for his ‘WTF is…’ series where he gave a quick overview of newly released games, the Co-Optional Podcast where he discussed games with other influences, such as Jesse Cox and Dodger (PressHeartToContinue), and his World of Warcraft radio station.
Some would argue that the most significant impact he had on the gaming industry involved his criticism of unethical behavior, such as deals between publishers and media, loot boxes, and preferential treatment for positive reviews. However, he was also a major proponent for indie developers and often had the power to influence a game’s success (that might not have otherwise found its way to the masses).
In 2014, a precancerous mass was found in TotalBiscuit’s colon and chemotherapy treatments began soon after. The next year, the cancer had seemingly gone into remissions, but later it was discovered that the cancer had instead metastasized into his liver. On May 24, 2018, Genna Bain announced the death of her husband.
Family friend, David Sievers, has since setup a GoFunMe to help alleviate some of the financial burden on the family. For those who might not be aware, medical insurance, retirement plans and pensions are a rarity in the game journalism industry, and even with TotalBiscuit’s fame, fighting cancer is a costly endeavor. If you’re uncomfortable with donating, you can still support the family through the TotalBiscuit merchandise store or by simply watching old content on the official YouTube channel.
The loss of John Bain is very personal for me. He was, and still is, one of the very few YouTube personalities I ever truly connected with. His videos gave me something to look forward to during my deployment to Afghanistan, and he inspired me to get involved with the video game industry. I’ve tried to mirror his push for ethics in my own career, but I feel his standards are something I could only hope to live up to.
The industry is far worse off without you, and you will be sorely missed. My condolences go out to Genna and Orion.
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