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Game Critic TotalBiscuit Retires Following Unsuccessful Cancer Treatment

Published: 2/May/2018 13:41 Updated: 14/Mar/2019 13:07

by Ross Deason


One of the gaming industry’s longest serving members has made the decision to step away from game criticism after his cancer treatment proved to be unsuccessful.

John ‘TotalBiscuit’ Bain has been one of the most recognizable personalities in the gaming community for a number of years but ongoing health issues have made him decide to step away from his role in the spotlight.

The 46 year old was diagnosed with cancer back in 2014 and has been fighting it ever since but he announced in a recent update that his oncologist has told him that his body has now become “resistant to all forms” of chemotherapy.

He went on to explain that his “liver is failing and its effectiveness has lowered past the point where the clinical trials I had been offered would take me on” and that this is causing him chronic pain.

TotalBiscuit stated that he is now coming to terms with the fact that he doesn’t have long left and that he now needs to focus on “getting my quality-of-life to as good a standard as possible”.

With that said, he has made the decision to retire from his career as a games critic, citing a lack of clear thoughts due to medication and an unreliable schedule making the job too stressful and unsatisfactory compared to previous years.

This doesn’t mean that he will disappearing from your screens entirely, though, as he will continue to produce some content on YouTube and Twitch with his wife:


“Does that mean I’m done with Youtube and Twitch? Nope, blokes gotta make a living. I have a family to consider and there’s no such thing as “too much” when it comes to what I leave them when I go out kicking and screaming. I want to spend the rest of my time with the two things I love the most, my family and my work. I’m transitioning my Youtube and Twitch work over to gameplay with my wife.”


His popular podcast, Co-optional, will also be sticking around with a slightly shorter format of around two hours per episode.

TotalBiscuit revealed that this is likely to be his last health update “unless some miracle happens or we do indeed find a trial” and asked fans not to speculate about how long he has left.

We would like to wish TotalBiscuit the best and hope that he can find some comfort in the coming months.

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James May reveals his new project, and it has nothing to do with cars

Published: 26/Oct/2020 19:12

by Bill Cooney


Top Gear and Grand Tour star James May has revealed his brand new project, and it has practically nothing to do with cars. Instead, the celebrity has invested in a quaint, roadside country British pub.

James May is known worldwide for his automotive misadventures with colleagues Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond over the years.

The trio have driven on every continent in the world over the course of their shows, but May’s latest project will bring him much closer to home.

On September 19, he teased fans with a photo taken in front of a nondescript white building, telling them he had just bought a pub (well, half of one anyway).

Despite calling it “The Roy” on his social media, the establishment’s actual name is “The Royal Oak” and it’s located in a small village called Swallowcliffe, Wiltshire, two miles southeast of Tisbury and 11 miles west of Salisbury in the south of England.

The pub is right off the main road through the village and looks like a great cozy spot to relax, grab a pint and some nice, hearty, English country food.

Since he made the news public, business at the Royal Oak seems to be booming (based on May’s social media at least). Considering all that’s going on in the world with curfews, it’s probably great for publicity to have one of the most well-known names in the automotive world as a co-owner.

For those of us who can’t make the trip over to the UK to check out May’s latest venture for ourselves at the moment, at least we can watch this video walkthrough with him from DRIVETUBE.

The star revealed the Royal Oak had been closed for a year before he took over and had never made a profit before – the old owners got fed up especially with what’s going on in the world today, so May stepped in.

“Yes, there has never been a worse time to buy half a pub, but let’s look on the bright side,” he insisted. “At least nobody else wanted it.”

The Royal Oak is now officially open, so if you ever happen to find yourself passing through lovely little Swallowcliffe you might consider stopping by. If you’re not into the food or drink, you can still try and catch a glimpse of the Grand Tour star.