RIP TotalBiscuit (Jonathan Peter Bain)

This is a hard, hard morning.

According to his official twitter account, the critic, streamer and gaming commentator known as TotalBiscuit has passed away following surgery.

I’ve been following him since I was 13. His candid approach to criticism and media gave me endlessly inspiration, and I wouldn’t be working as a writer and editor for a living if it wasn’t for his criticisms, thoughts, analysis, and critical thinking of media. He was a divisive critic, occasionally harsh commentator. But he was also kind, supportive, fiercely honest, and was always looking for ways how the industry and the people in it could do better. He always said that the fans were not his friends, and I respect that. But it doesn’t stop me feeling like someone close has passed away.

I didn’t always agree with him, but I respected the hell out of him. He, Jesse and Dodger were always there on Co-optional when I was having a hard week. He wasn’t just my go-to source for gaming news; he was someone I could listen to, someone I could engage with, even if we were never going to meet. The best thing that a piece of art, or artist, can do is challenge you. Get you to examine your thinking and re-assemble the ingredients that have you thinking a certain way. Even if you don’t change your mind, you’ve enforced your own point of view and you’re all the better for it. TotalBiscuit did that for me very often, and I’m forever thankful for it. The industry has taken a massive blow and the world is just a little bit darker today.

I can’t even imagine how hard this is going to be for the people around him.

Thank you, Jonathan/TB. Thanks for everything.

 

 

 

 

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