Earlier today, we lost a great influence for video game journalists around the world. John "Totalbiscuit" Bain, one of the most important names in video game journalism, died.
The news arrived at approximately 6:53 p.m. ITS T. John Bain's wife, Genna Bain, posted the following message:
The news was as crude as the poetic message: John Bain had died.
The death of John Bain, although sudden, was fully expected by lifelong fans, as back in April 2014, he revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer. He had chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, and one year later, he reported that the CT scans showed a complete remission, but the celebration was ephemeral, since he later discovered that the cancer had metastasized to the liver and did not work. At this point, Bain was given 2-3 years to live, but he was sure he would beat the odds and live significantly longer.
Unfortunately, the news worsened in November last year when Bain announced that the chemotherapy that kept his tumors under control had stopped working. Then, fast forward to April of this year, and John Bain's body began to fail quickly. He was hospitalized when the cancer spread to his spine and was pressing him; his cancer had become resistant to all forms of chemotherapy; his liver failed, and the pain worsened so much that surgery was required. On April 30, John Bain announced that he would retire as a journalist / gaming critic because of his increasingly precarious health and because the medications needed to control his pain affected his ability to think clearly. And almost a month later, John Bain finally died.
John Bain is famous for many things, including the popular Co-Op Podcast and his series "WTF is …?" From YouTube videos. More importantly, he was a strong advocate of consumer protection and defense. He never referred to the immoral or deplorable practices of the gaming industry, including the sale of potentially stolen game keys on gray-market sites, and the companies' refusal to grant early access codes to game reviewers unless They promised to provide positive coverage. John Bain also played a vital role in many controversies, including the infamous Gamergate controversy.
John Bain has made his mark in the video game industry. He will be missed.