TotalBiscuit – John Bain

John Bain is a videogame commentator and critic that goes under the online alias ‘TotalBiscuit’. He gives first impressions for a multitude of games and provides educated commentary towards controversies in the gaming industry. As of 2012, he became a professional eSports caster for the game Starcraft 2, sponsoring Team Axiom for 3 years.

His popularity boomed in 2010, during the Great Recession. Upon being laid off from his job, he started creating commentary videos for World of Warcraft, hoping to earn money from YouTube’s ad-revenue system. He was later invited into Polaris (though, at the time, it was The Game Station), which is a network of gaming channels on YouTube.

He first started by running the World of Warcraft Radio from 2005 to 2010. Later, his fame skyrocketed on YouTube. He became known as a YouTube personality with strong opinions and harsh criticisms, with one describing him as a ‘love him or hate him personality’ and ‘Clarkson with a account’. (Will Porter, 2012)

Porter, Will. (2012) The cult of TotalBiscuit. Available at: (Accessed: 26 September 2016).

Career Plan

I wish to get into the games industry as a creative writer, doing writing for videogames and creating my own visual novels. Thus, this largely relies on my own work. First would be to practice paid work through writing commissions that I can set up on websites such as Tumblr and Twitter. I plan to study creative writing in University as well, which will allow me to get a degree.

Once qualifications and practice is over, I take the first step by reaching out and grabbing a job in the games industry. Creating my own visual novel is up to me, which I am already doing through planning and character creation.