Online game critic TotalBiscuit has announced via Twitter that he has a currently incurable cancer.
In a post made via Twitlonger, he said: “The CT did not come back negative. The cancer in the bowel is gone, but spots have appeared in my liver. They’re not operable and there’s no cure.
“Average life expectancy is 2-3 years, though there are outliers that live much longer. I’ll be back on chemo in a few weeks, with the goal of pushing it back and keeping it there for as long as possible.
“I fully intend to be the outlier, the average is this way because most people that get this are old and not strong anymore. Who knows what they’ll come up with in the next decade?”
Totalbiscuit, real name John Bain, made a name for himself on YouTube by discussing upcoming games in his WTF is series. Alongside fellow British critic Jim Sterling, he has been active in exposing developers using vexatious copyright claims to bring down critical videos on the site.
Liver cancer is a relatively common and serious type of cancer. Its five year survival rate in the USA is 17%, and it affects hundreds of thousands of people worldwide each year.
Editor’s note: In a medium as young as ours, we’re not yet used to seeing bad things happen too regularly to those among us. Good games criticism is a vital part of this creative industry, and we hope firstly for Totalbiscuit’s health to hold out as long as possible, and secondly that he continues making videos for as long as he is able and willing.