An Interview With John "TotalBiscuit" Bain

Author: Elisabetta Bruno
Published: September 12, 2011 at 7:50 am

John "TotalBiscuit" BlainA law graduate from North East England, John "TotalBiscuit" Bain is a 27 year old professional gaming commentator. He is known to many as the Cynical Brit. Like he himself put it he is an opinionated loudmouth caster who treats arguing like full-scale warfare. He does live radio and podcasts and some people are known to listen to them. Came to America, found steak, was happy. I had the pleasure to land an interview with him, which you can now see here for your reading pleasure.

Elisabetta Bruno: You are the voice of Cynical Brit, or better, you are the Cynical Brit. Do you want to tell us about that project? How did it come about?

John "TotalBiscuit" Bain: To talk about Cynical Brit it's best to talk about what lead up to it. For almost 6 years I was involved in and was the owner and manager of a World of Warcraft fansite named WoW Radio, which broadcast talk-radio content related to World of Warcraft and to a lesser extent, gaming in general. We were one of the only stations to spring up around such games to actually broadcast a lot of talk content as opposed to just music and had a large lineup of podcasts on different facets of the game and its community. We did well, we were one of the most popular online radio stations there was and also produced some of the most popular gaming podcasts on iTunes too but sadly, all good things must come to an end and we eventually wrapped everything up and the members of the station split into 3 seperate organisations. One of those organisations was Cynical Brit, my solo project, that's a phrase we coined back in 2005 when I first started broadcasting on WoW Radio, it used to be part of the show's intro "a cynical brit has been allowed on the air with a microphone". We setup the site and I ran my podcasts from there, plus dabbled a little into video and blogging, before the major shift into doing a lot of video content happened early in 2010.

EB: You also used to run a show called Blue Plz! What was that about?

TotalBiscuit: Sadly that show has passed into memory. Blue Plz! was my WoW podcast, it was a one-man deal, 90 minutes of me and a mic on whatever happened to be on my mind that week. We called it the "Glenn Beck" of WoW Radio, only I was very open about it being hyperbole and biased. I always told my listeners not to take what I was saying seriously. It was often one gigantic, structured rant on various topics, it pushed a very hardcore agenda, it went out of it's way to criticise Blizzard on many different topics. It was provocative, which was a good thing, it made people think, even if all their thoughts were "god how can this guy be so delusional?". I'm proud of the long run it had, it started really early on and ran longer than any other WoW podcast, but my interest in WoW has gone completely and I doubt that show will ever come back now.

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Elisabetta has experience of over 10 years in the fields of graphic design, translation and online editorials. Her clients range from the local coffee shop to Chanel. She is a forum host for About Desktop Publishing, a New York Times company, and …

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