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Gaming Archive #6 – The Cynical Brit (TotalBiscuit)
Games Finder is continuing it’s gaming archive collection with the sixth instalment dedicated to The Cynical Brit / Total Biscuit / John Peter Bain. If you’re interested in learning more about this series and why we do it please refer to our first gaming archive article.
Rather than using this page to repeat information available elsewhere on the web this gaming archive will talk about my own experience and adoration for TotalBiscuit which was a regular gaming YouTube channel I followed during my peak gaming years after quickly acquiring an interest in the Cynical Brit’s video formula and watching hundreds of hours of TotalBiscuit content over the years.
Around the same time I was creating my own League of Legends based YouTube channel (since retired) and launching Games Finder I discovered the “WTF Is…” series from TotalBiscuit which was invaluable in providing motivation for both video game projects and definitely had some influence on them both. Most importantly the success of his series reassured me there was a place on the web for early gameplay impression content which Games Finder produces a lot of given the focus on discovery of similar games rather than a full video game review. While this content is currently exceeding popular on YouTube it was not as prevalent during the early days of the series and something TotalBiscuit was truly a pioneer for.
Without the influence from the Cynical Brit providing motivation and inspiration I’m not sure I would have stuck with either project for a reasonable length and time and given Games Finder is such an important piece of my identity as a gamer now I owe a lot to TotalBiscuit and his YouTube channel. I also respect him greatly for being one of the earlier personalities to speak out against lootboxes and other undesirable things creeping into the gaming industry at a key tipping point. He was never afraid of being honest and speaking his mind which shows in his popular YouTube uploads where he discusses copyright content strikes (Day One Garry’s Incident), SOPA, Survivor Stories name changes, video game pre-orders, No Man’s Sky hype and many other similar themes.
Outside of the business environment some of the best games I’ve ever played were discovered through the “WTF Is…” series and adventures I would not have found or played otherwise and really opened up my mind to a wide variety of games. This includes Battle Chef Brigade, Frozen Synapse, Renowned Explorers: International Society, Party Hard, Rogue Legacy, 10,000,000 and Papers Please all of which I’ve played multiple times over the years (often after re-watching the TotalBiscuit video for the game). There was also something enjoyable about watching TotalBiscuit continually throw himself at puzzle games like Portal despite being a self claimed puzzle inept which is a gaming weakness that we share. Of course he also produced countless other pieces of content be it interviews for popular games (Torchlight 2, Witcher 2 and many more), podcast appearances (Blue Plz! and Co-optional Lounge), vlogs, StarCraft 2 shoutcasting, exclusive League of Legends Dominion gameplay, and everything in between.
By far though my favourite CynicalBrit video of all time discusses our shared disappointment with the Dungeon Keeper Mobile release where TotalBiscuit discusses his experience with Dungeon Keeper 2 which is strangely similar to my own. This includes playing the game well before the appropriate age for the game and having it on the regular sick from school game rotation. To this day it remains my favourite game of all time with a quest to try find and play all the Dungeon Keeper alternatives possible an ongoing project of mine. It was also through the video below that I discovered War For The Overworld which is the closest Dungeon Keeper recreation to date that I’ve experienced.
These are just some of the memories I have of TotalBiscuit with hundreds of laughs, game discoveries and hours of enjoyment able to be traced back to my all time favourite gaming critic and personality. All that’s left to say is thank you to the legend, TotalBiscuit.
Why Was I Redirected Here?
If you followed a link to CynicalBrit.com you would have been redirected here instead and its important to explain why.
In late 2019 I discovered the expiry of the domain was imminent while searching video game related domains for inspiration for a new Games Finder project. Recognising the domain instantly as related to TotalBiscuit and only having a few hours left on the auction I opted to bid for the domain. By saving the domain I intend to protect the domain from having something undesirable hosted on it and intend to hold the domain for as long as Games Finder can fund the associated hosting and domain renewal fees. For now it will serve as a place to redirect followers to all TotalBiscuit official channels, share my own story of remembrance and hopefully encourage others to do the same.
If you have any suggestions for other links please post a comment below (comment approval is on) or alternatively share your own memories of The Cynical Brit that was TotalBiscuit.
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