On May 24, 2018, popular video game critic John “Totalbiscuit” Bain passed away from cancer. And the internet exploded.
“If you don’t have enemies, you don’t have character.”
– Paul Newman
Totalbiscuit has been a pioneer of video blogging about video games – and, while I haven’t personally followed his work, I’ve heard gamers mention him time after time over the last 10 years. Only now that he’s passed away, am I beginning to learn his Hugh Mungus impact on our industry.
His videos helped popularize Warframe when the f2p game was in its darkest hour, he and his wife ran a Starcraft team (also f2p these days, in case you missed the memo), and the thousands of hours that he’s put into honestly discussing an industry he was so passionate about have gained him many fans over the years.
They also gained him his share of enemies.
Why? For the most part, because of his stance on the Gamergate scandal of 2014. The topic remains controversial to this day, but now that Totalbiscuit has died, some of the self-proclaimed proponents of “social justice” have crawled out of the woodwork to celebrate his death.
Don’t get me wrong — there’s nothing wrong with social justice as a concept. But there’s everything wrong with badmouthing people who passed on because you disagreed with them over the internet 4 years ago.
I won’t link to articles and Tweets about it, as these people don’t deserve the attention; instead, I’d like to post the tributes video game development companies have posted on Twitter to celebrate his life.
R.I.P. John Peter Bain July 8, 1984 – May 24, 2018.
These are just some of the tributes from video game developers that have poured in from Twitter. I’m sorry if I’ve missed any, but I hope this helps to show what an influential and beloved figure Totalbiscuit was in the gaming comunity (and you’d be hard pressed to find more passionate gamers than game devs).
If you’d like to help support Totalbiscuit’s widow Gemma and their son Orion, please consider contributing to the GoFundMe campaign David Sievers created on their behalf.
Thank you for your time.