John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain Passes Away at Age 33

The Cynical Brit who became one of the faces of gaming based on his wits, work ethic, and honesty died on Thursday, according to his wife.


The video game world has experienced a tremendous loss, as John "Total Biscuit" Bain passed away on Thursday. Bain had been suffering from a form of bowel cancer since 2014. While Bain's cancer was briefly in remission, the disease struck again and spread through his body.

Bain's wife, Genna, posted about her husband's passing on Twitter:

Bain officially announced his retirement in late April on Reddit, revealing that his cancer had become resistant to all forms of chemotherapy. Bain spent the past month away from gaming criticism and enjoyed his final days with his wife in relative privacy. However, he remained as the host of the Co-Optional Podcast, which just released an episode earlier today.

Bain was an ardent critic of not only video games, but of video game media in general. He encouraged each and every one of us in this business to aim higher and to do better. He was a friend to many colleagues, but even as their friend, Bain was never afraid to tell the truth and never minced words. Above all else, he was about honesty, no matter how blunt.

He created an empire with the Cynical Brit YouTube and Twitch channels, both of which Bain has opted to leave to his wife, Genna.

We here at Shacknews give our deepest condolences to Genna Bain and the rest of John's family. And we salute our fallen brethren, who brought joy into many people's lives through the same thing that brings us all together: A love of video games.

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    May 24, 2018 5:10 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, John 'TotalBiscuit' Bain Passes Away at Age 33

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      May 24, 2018 5:30 PM

      Fuck cancer.

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      May 24, 2018 5:30 PM

      Damn I didn't realize he was younger than me.

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        May 24, 2018 10:50 PM

        Yeah, I thought he was around my age. Fucked :(

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      May 24, 2018 5:54 PM

      Such very sad news.

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      May 24, 2018 5:57 PM

      Just read about it. So sad he didnt have longer. :(

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      May 24, 2018 6:33 PM


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      May 24, 2018 6:37 PM

      oh man that's so sad

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      May 24, 2018 6:39 PM

      RIP John

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      May 24, 2018 6:46 PM

      Damnit, :(

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      May 24, 2018 6:48 PM


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      May 24, 2018 6:50 PM

      Terrible disease; gone too soon. I feel for his wife and family - no parent should have to bury their own child. May he find peace.

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      May 24, 2018 7:04 PM

      I always have had a kind of love/hate opinion of TB. I didn't regularly watch his content, but I pessimistically watched his struggle with cancer.

      I worked almost four years on an oncology floor and I didn't really expect a good outcome of this. It still hits me hard. I gave chemo to newly diagnosed cancer patients, who would sometimes be stuck in the hospital for weeks or months. Later on, I'd help them comfortably die on hospice. Shit was super depressing and kind of fucked with my head.

      I hope he had good palliative care at the end and was comfortable. Love him or hate him, the guy made an impact on gaming.

      also, this clip from the official warframe stream kills me

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      May 24, 2018 7:37 PM

      Reading his and his wife's twitter the last like 10 days has been an emotional roller coaster..

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      May 24, 2018 7:39 PM


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      May 24, 2018 10:49 PM

      Awful news, fuck cancer

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      May 24, 2018 11:12 PM

      Terrible news, what a loss :(

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        May 24, 2018 11:36 PM

        Also good article Shack. I often feel like some of the websites I read deliberately don't credit and name You Tubers even in stories directly involving them, especially if there is journalism / reporting involved. This article acknowledges TB and his influence.

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      May 24, 2018 11:21 PM

      I've never been a youtube/twitch kind of guy. I like to play myself and I like my reviews in written form.

      That said, TB was the only guy who I'd occasionally check out when a new (PC) game came out. He put real effort into his "port reports" and had technical insight that 99% of game journalists of all kinds lack. His standards were as high as my own, so if he said a game's PC version was solid, I could trust him.

      He was also never afraid to speak his mind. I never felt he left something unsaid to protect his relationship with the industry. That's respectable.

      RIP. Next time I throw some money into charity, it'll be into cancer research in his name.

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      May 25, 2018 12:23 AM

      Through his 'WTF is' videos, he introduced me to so many games I wouldn't have otherwise have heard of. He always pushed for PC games to be as good as they could be with his Port Reports, and insistence that PC games should run at 60 FPS and have FOV sliders and the like when possible. I may not have agreed with all if his opinions, but he always had a good reason for his position.
      He will be missed.

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        May 25, 2018 4:44 AM

        So true, he was very consistent and even if you didn't agree with a particular opinion of his you always understood why he held it and it was still useful when deciding if you would like the game or not.

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      May 25, 2018 12:25 AM


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      May 25, 2018 12:27 AM

      Awful :(

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      May 25, 2018 4:47 AM

      Guy made me laugh.