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"He is very amusing"



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John Bain (born 8 July 1984), commonly known by his online aliases TotalBiscuit, The Cynical Brit, and TotalHalibut, is a British gaming commentator and critic on YouTube, known for his role in professional casting for games such as StarCraft II and PlanetSide 2, as well as for his regular gaming commentary videos. According to Eurogamer, his video commentary on newly developed indie games and analysis of gaming news has led to him having a large following. Bain is renowned for his candid, first impression critique of popular video games, where he has voiced strong approval for consumer protection in the gaming industry; frequently denouncing what he believes to be wrongful censorship. On 13 March 2013, he hit the milestone of one million subscribers on his YouTube channel, an occasion for which he released a half-hour-long video discussing many aspects of his life.

The main source of Bain's publicity is his primary YouTube channel, where he posts what he describes as "variety gaming content" as part of the YouTube gaming network Polaris. His most popular videos belong to his "WTF is...?" series, a series of first impressions on video games. He has been described by Will Porter of Eurogamer as a "champion of indie gaming" and YouTube's foremost "love him or hate him" personality. The same critic suggested Bain's online popularity is due to his voice having a "tone of authority", while Bain himself believes that his candour and personality are key to his success. In January 2015 Totalbiscuit was the top Steam curator with over 400,000 followers, more than the next three highest combined.

He was a runner-up in the Golden Joystick 2012, in category Greatest YouTube Gamer. He has been recognized on several prominent gaming sites including Technorati and Eurogamer. Bain won the 2012 Battle Royale organised by King of the Web and donated his $47,000 winnings to the non-profit organisation Charity: Water. In 2014, he was an entrant in MCVUK's Brit List. TotalBiscuit has been nominated for a Shorty Award. On December 5, 2014, Bain received a Fan's Choice The Game Award in the category "Trending Gamer". Apart from "WTF" is...? series, TotalBiscuit hosts programme "Content Patch" (starting from 30 Oct 2012) in which he addresses gaming news and comments. Bain also hosted The Game Station Podcast and is the current host of the Co-Optional Podcast, where he discusses games and gaming news with YouTube personalities Jesse Cox and Dodger along with a guest. It is live-streamed every Tuesday on his channel.

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img Jesse "Burgerm'n" Radin posted a review

I really enjoy his rants and raves about games that I've never played nor even heard of. Usually when I watch an LP or a YouTube game review it's about something I've already known or heard of, but for some reason, I like watching TotalBiscuit complain about obscure Steam games that never should have been Greenlit.

Yes, he is grumpy and tends to complain, but he is much better than some others like PhantomStrider who just reviews cartoons.

He knows what he is talking about, though I might not be the best judge of that because I am not familiar with most of the games he discusses.

on August 23, 2017

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img Anonymous posted a review

If you have watched TotalBiscuit's stream, you'll know what I'm saying. He's too grumpy most of the time. I guess this is just who he is. His video on Youtube is a lot more bearable when he's trying to raise a point.

on June 5, 2016

Jasper Fatallie I don't understand why it's fun to watch other people play games. I can understand watching beta stream, but live game that you could've played? C'mon

Mia Sima @Jasper Fatallie: To learn from good players?

Jesse "Burgerm'n" Radin I find his rants amusing.


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img Laraf J. posted a review

Totalbiscuit is a litte longwinded. He can go on to babble about a small topic for an hour straight. That's quite unbelievable. However, I like that he's quite intelligent, insightful and his accent easy to listen to.

on June 5, 2016
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