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'''John Bain''', widely known as '''Totalbiscuit''', is a popular YouTube reviewer and Let's Player. He has made several notable statements regarding [[GamerGate]], and is generally considered to be a supporter of it.
 
  
==Involvement in GamerGate==
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On August 19, after being asked for his opinion on the [[Zoe Quinn Scandal]], TotalBiscuit posted a message on Twitlonger that condemned the takedown of {{youtube|MundaneMatt}}'s video on the subject, calling it "unethical" and an example of "disgusting behaviour".
 
<blockquote>TL:DR - If Zoey Quinn did engage in censorship via the abuse of the DMCA on Youtube then I thoroughly condemn her actions as being both fucking stupid and unethical. If outlets did provide her favourable coverage because she had intimate relations with some of the writers, they're goddamn idiots for doing it, why the hell would you compromise the trust of your readers for that? The shitstorm is too insane right now to make a huge amount of sense of and I have no idea what is true and what isn't. Cooler heads prevail, heard of that phrase? Calm the fuck down and things might become clearer. Also please stop shouting at me, thanks.<ref>[http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s4nmr1 TotalBiscuit 19th Aug 2014]</ref></blockquote>
 
  
The link was posted onto the r/gaming [[reddit|subreddit]] and collected over twenty-five thousand comments, of which over twenty thousand were deleted.<ref>[http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/2dz0gs/totalbiscuit_discusses_the_state_of_games/ Reddit: TotalBiscuit discusses the state of games journalism, Steam Greenlight, ethics, DMCA abuse and Depression Quest.]</ref>
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==''Shadow of Mordor'' Incident==
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Before the release of the game ''Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor'', developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TotalBiscuit was told that he needed to make a brand deal in order to receive a review copy, which he refused to do.<ref>[https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/516350999083368449 "TotalBiscuit on Twitter: The message we got was "we can give you prerelease code but only if you do this paid brand deal". We refused, naturally."]</ref> He made numerous comments critical of those who didn't "know what he's complaining about, if he wants it early he has to give something in return",<ref name="TotalBiscuit twitlonger SoM">[http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngj0tg "TotalBiscuit · @Totalbiscuit 29th Sep 2014 from MetroTwit"]</ref> saying: "It is the worst case scenario in which a company withholds review copies to maximise potential exposure while keeping critique at bay, it's about as anti-consumer as it gets."<ref name="TotalBiscuit twitlonger SoM" /> He later released a video titled ''[http://www.google.com.au/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DVBPmkfu_zs8&sa=U&ei=FzZpVN-_AcbHmAXH3YCgCg&ved=0CBUQtwIwAA&sig2=AoJMxJlFBdst88JMsQg4OQ&usg=AFQjCNE_ao2WzOdU2DLi7WKNe8MDlxwPeA WTF... Is Shadow of Mordor?]'' on September 30, without a brand deal.<ref>[https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/516349169620254720 "TotalBiscuit on Twitter: I'm not involved in any brand deal, however I was able to gain access through other means, you can expect an assessment at launch."]</ref> On October 1, he commented on how non-brand deal videos were being taken down due to registered content in the Content ID database, believing that it wasn't malicious and hoped Warner Bros. would correct the mistake, "lest people assume a more malicious goal of censorship and undue control of the media narrative on their game".<ref>[http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngk4v1 TotalBiscuit 1st Oct 2014]</ref>
 
  
On the 2nd of October [[Jim Sterling]], of [[The Escapist]], requested details regarding the brand deal offer.<ref>[http://i.imgur.com/dskUxBg.png]</ref> On October 6, Sterling released a video on his show, ''Jimquistion'',<ref>[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9782-Shadow-of-Mordors-Promotion-Deals-with-Plaid-Social Jimquistion: Shadiness of Mordor]</ref> where he shared some excerpts from the contract, such as the clauses requiring the signer to "Persuade viewers to purchase the game" and demanding that the "video must not show bugs or glitches that may exist". [[Kotaku]] published an article on the subject on the October 10th, citing Sterling as a source.<ref>[https://archive.today/n66BU The Messy Story Behind YouTubers Taking Money For Game Coverage]</ref> The writer of the article, [[Nathan Grayson]], ended with:
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<blockquote>"Blurry lines. That's the big problem here. And as all of us—from journalists and video-makers to gamers who just want to know what's worth their time and money—try to navigate through the cloudy waters of YouTube ethics and paid coverage, total transparency may be the only way to stay afloat."</blockquote>
 
  
Multiple anti-Gamergate figures have made comments suggesting that #Gamergate did not care about the scandal. [[Zaid Jilani]], writer for [[Salon]], commented: "[This] highlights a core problem with the movement: When a legitimate corruption scandal not involving women, or feminism, or any real misogynist angle arises, it’s more or less ignored. It seems to be deemed not exciting enough to raise Gamergate’s hackles."<ref>[https://archive.today/UsWFb Salon: Gamergate’s fickle hero: The dark opportunism of Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos]</ref>
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Aliases '''[https://youtube.com/TotalBiscuit TotalBiscuit]''', '''[https://youtube.com/TotalHalibut TotalHalibut]''', The Cynical Brit<br />
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Occupation YouTube producer<br />
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Affiliations Polaris Network<br />
  
TotalBiscuit responded to these criticisms, both on his blog<ref name="TotalBiscuit: Blog">[http://blueplz.blogspot.nl/2014/10/saloncom-knows-nothing-about-gaming-and.html "Salon.com knows nothing about gaming and that should surprise nobody"]</ref> and on a SoundCloud post,<ref name="TotalBiscuit: Soundcloud: Shadow of Mordor">[https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit/in-which-we-expose-how-little-saloncom-bothered-to-research-its-latest-hit-piece In which we expose how little Salon.com bothered to research its latest hit-piece]</ref> saying that the controversy only involved "3 key things. Youtubers, who primarily consist of Lets Play-creating entertainers, PR firms, specifically the company Plaid Social and the publisher of the game Warner Bros.",<ref name="TotalBiscuit: Blog" /> none of which are journalists, and trying to claim that YouTubers, who are mostly Lets Players, are journalists, is either intellectually dishonest, or simply downright ignorant".<ref name="TotalBiscuit: Blog" /> He then goes on to point out that he, an outspoken supporter of GamerGate, was the one who blew the whistle on the deal in the first place and that it was discussed by people within GamerGate. He also pointed out that the issue had been resolved, stating that "Plaid Social were caught in the act, exposed and revised their contracts", so there was no need for an on-going scandal.<ref name="TotalBiscuit: Blog" />
 
  
[[Arthur Chu]], during an interview with [[The David Pakman Show|David Pakman]], said: "If [#GamerGate] cared about ethics, they would care about, um, ''Shadow of Mordor'' actually paying people, actually telling people they could get early access review copies and perks only if they made YouTube videos that criticized ''Shadow of Mordor'' in a certain positive light. That was an extremely blatant form of, er, people, marketers trying to influence reviews in a way that subverts journalistic ethics, but because it was in a field as they see as cultural[ly] theirs, which is YouTube as opposed to traditional sites, and it wasn't in favour of what they as feminist ideology: they didn't care. There was hardly any reaction to that compared to tonnes of people talking about [Zoe Quinn]."<ref name="Chu">[https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=098t08Ow6TQ#t=222 #GamerGate: Arthur Chu Angry with Interviewer, Defends Tactics 3m42s]</ref>
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'''John Bain''', widely known as '''Totalbiscuit''', is a popular YouTube reviewer and Let's Player. He has made several notable statements regarding [[index.php?title=GamerGate|GamerGate]], and is generally considered to be a supporter of it.
  
TotalBiscuit responded in the comments section of the video, stating: "Shadow of Mordor was not only not an issue of journalistic ethics BUT it had the whistle-blown it by someone pro-Gamergate (ie. me) and the PR company in question was pressured into changing their contracts. The idea that "Gamergate" did not care about this issue has no basis in reality. Revisionist history, nothing more."<ref>[https://i.imgur.com/AuUMIdV.jpg]</ref><ref>[http://i.imgur.com/YQdltdU.jpg]</ref>
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== Contents ==
  
== Response to Censorship ==
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* [[#Involvement_in_GamerGate|1 Involvement in GamerGate]]
When a petition which requested that the developers of the game ''Hatred'' should pull the plug on their project, threatening them by mentioning that the creator of the petition was "a member of many, many groups on Linkedin including those of AAA studios [and] on top of that, [he's] an editor for two large gaming blogs",<ref>[https://archive.today/vTsdl Pull the plug on the Hatred game project and apologize]</ref> TotalBiscuit made a Twitlonger post saying that he was not okay with "indie devs and bloggers banding together to try and censor a game, no matter how awful its subject matter."<ref>[http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh6g05 @Totalbiscuit 3rd Nov 2014]</ref>
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* [[#Shadow_of_Mordor_Incident|2 ''Shadow of Mordor'' Incident]]
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* [[#Response_to_Censorship|3 Response to Censorship]]
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* [[#Sound_Cloud|4 Sound Cloud]]
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* [[#Co-Optional_Podcast|5 Co-Optional Podcast]]
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** [[#TB.27s_soundcloud_page|5.1 TB's soundcloud page]]
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* [[#Further_reading|6 Further reading]]
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* [[#References|7 References]]
  
When ''Dreamfall'' came under fire for using "ableist" language,<ref>[http://www.pcgamesn.com/dreamfall-chapters/ragnar-t-rnquist-defends-ableist-language-in-dreamfall-chapters-those-people-exist-in-real-life-and-so-they-must-exist-in-fiction Ragnar Tørnquist defends ableist language in Dreamfall Chapters: "Those people exist in real life, and so they must exist in fiction"]</ref> he responded by saying:
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== Involvement in GamerGate[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=1|edit]]] ==
<blockquote>"This is of course highly relevant these days as some people believe that there are people within the industry who are actively looking to sanitise parts of games they disagree with. I don't believe there are that many of them but I certainly believe there are some who exist. The "nobody wants to take away your videogames!" argument is for the most part correct but there are certainly people that want change when it comes to writing and character representation and some of that is not necessarily positive.
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If we are to appreciate games as an art form, we must also accept that art can be offensive, it can be ugly and it can be upsetting. I maintain that writers should be able to write whatever characters they want and if they want that character to use offensive language so that they are less likeable, so be it, that's an effective writing device and it also conveys a sense of realism, since that sort of language is alive and well in todays society, even if we wish it wasn't."<ref>[http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh1nej @TotalBiscuit 25th Oct 2014]</ref></blockquote>
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On August 19, after being asked for his opinion on the [[index.php?title=Zoe_Quinn_Scandal|Zoe Quinn Scandal]], TotalBiscuit posted a message on Twitlonger that condemned the takedown of '''[https://youtube.com/MundaneMatt MundaneMatt]''''s video on the subject, calling it &quot;unethical&quot; and an example of &quot;disgusting behaviour&quot;.
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<blockquote>TL:DR - If Zoey Quinn did engage in censorship via the abuse of the DMCA on Youtube then I thoroughly condemn her actions as being both fucking stupid and unethical. If outlets did provide her favourable coverage because she had intimate relations with some of the writers, they're goddamn idiots for doing it, why the hell would you compromise the trust of your readers for that? The shitstorm is too insane right now to make a huge amount of sense of and I have no idea what is true and what isn't. Cooler heads prevail, heard of that phrase? Calm the fuck down and things might become clearer. Also please stop shouting at me, thanks.<sup>[[#cite_note-1|[1]]]</sup></blockquote>
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The link was posted onto the r/gaming [[index.php?title=Reddit|subreddit]] and collected over twenty-five thousand comments, of which over twenty thousand were deleted.<sup>[[#cite_note-2|[2]]]</sup>
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== ''Shadow of Mordor'' Incident[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=2|edit]]] ==
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Before the release of the game ''Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor'', developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TotalBiscuit was told that he needed to make a brand deal in order to receive a review copy, which he refused to do.<sup>[[#cite_note-3|[3]]]</sup> He made numerous comments critical of those who didn't &quot;know what he's complaining about, if he wants it early he has to give something in return&quot;,<sup>[[#cite_note-TotalBiscuit_twitlonger_SoM-4|[4]]]</sup> saying: &quot;It is the worst case scenario in which a company withholds review copies to maximise potential exposure while keeping critique at bay, it's about as anti-consumer as it gets.&quot;<sup>[[#cite_note-TotalBiscuit_twitlonger_SoM-4|[4]]]</sup> He later released a video titled ''[http://www.google.com.au/url?q=http://www.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DVBPmkfu_zs8&sa=U&ei=FzZpVN-_AcbHmAXH3YCgCg&ved=0CBUQtwIwAA&sig2=AoJMxJlFBdst88JMsQg4OQ&usg=AFQjCNE_ao2WzOdU2DLi7WKNe8MDlxwPeA WTF... Is Shadow of Mordor?]'' on September 30, without a brand deal.<sup>[[#cite_note-5|[5]]]</sup> On October 1, he commented on how non-brand deal videos were being taken down due to registered content in the Content ID database, believing that it wasn't malicious and hoped Warner Bros. would correct the mistake, &quot;lest people assume a more malicious goal of censorship and undue control of the media narrative on their game&quot;.<sup>[[#cite_note-6|[6]]]</sup>
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On the 2nd of October [[index.php?title=Jim_Sterling|Jim Sterling]], of [[index.php?title=The_Escapist|The Escapist]], requested details regarding the brand deal offer.<sup>[[#cite_note-7|[7]]]</sup> On October 6, Sterling released a video on his show, ''Jimquistion'',<sup>[[#cite_note-8|[8]]]</sup> where he shared some excerpts from the contract, such as the clauses requiring the signer to &quot;Persuade viewers to purchase the game&quot; and demanding that the &quot;video must not show bugs or glitches that may exist&quot;. [[index.php?title=Kotaku|Kotaku]] published an article on the subject on the October 10th, citing Sterling as a source.<sup>[[#cite_note-9|[9]]]</sup> The writer of the article, [[index.php?title=Nathan_Grayson|Nathan Grayson]], ended with:
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<blockquote>&quot;Blurry lines. That's the big problem here. And as all of us—from journalists and video-makers to gamers who just want to know what's worth their time and money—try to navigate through the cloudy waters of YouTube ethics and paid coverage, total transparency may be the only way to stay afloat.&quot;</blockquote>
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Multiple anti-Gamergate figures have made comments suggesting that #Gamergate did not care about the scandal. Zaid Jilani, writer for [[index.php?title=Salon&action=edit&redlink=1|Salon]], commented: &quot;[This] highlights a core problem with the movement: When a legitimate corruption scandal not involving women, or feminism, or any real misogynist angle arises, it’s more or less ignored. It seems to be deemed not exciting enough to raise Gamergate’s hackles.&quot;<sup>[[#cite_note-10|[10]]]</sup>
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TotalBiscuit responded to these criticisms, both on his blog<sup>[[#cite_note-TotalBiscuit:_Blog-11|[11]]]</sup> and on a SoundCloud post,<sup>[[#cite_note-TotalBiscuit:_Soundcloud:_Shadow_of_Mordor-12|[12]]]</sup> saying that the controversy only involved &quot;3 key things. Youtubers, who primarily consist of Lets Play-creating entertainers, PR firms, specifically the company Plaid Social and the publisher of the game Warner Bros.&quot;,<sup>[[#cite_note-TotalBiscuit:_Blog-11|[11]]]</sup> none of which are journalists, and trying to claim that YouTubers, who are mostly Lets Players, are journalists, is either intellectually dishonest, or simply downright ignorant&quot;.<sup>[[#cite_note-TotalBiscuit:_Blog-11|[11]]]</sup> He then goes on to point out that he, an outspoken supporter of GamerGate, was the one who blew the whistle on the deal in the first place and that it was discussed by people within GamerGate. He also pointed out that the issue had been resolved, stating that &quot;Plaid Social were caught in the act, exposed and revised their contracts&quot;, so there was no need for an on-going scandal.<sup>[[#cite_note-TotalBiscuit:_Blog-11|[11]]]</sup>
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[[index.php?title=Arthur_Chu|Arthur Chu]], during an interview with [[index.php?title=The_David_Pakman_Show|David Pakman]], said: &quot;If [#GamerGate] cared about ethics, they would care about, um, ''Shadow of Mordor'' actually paying people, actually telling people they could get early access review copies and perks only if they made YouTube videos that criticized ''Shadow of Mordor'' in a certain positive light. That was an extremely blatant form of, er, people, marketers trying to influence reviews in a way that subverts journalistic ethics, but because it was in a field as they see as cultural[ly] theirs, which is YouTube as opposed to traditional sites, and it wasn't in favour of what they as feminist ideology: they didn't care. There was hardly any reaction to that compared to tonnes of people talking about [Zoe Quinn].&quot;<sup>[[#cite_note-Chu-13|[13]]]</sup>
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TotalBiscuit responded in the comments section of the video, stating: &quot;Shadow of Mordor was not only not an issue of journalistic ethics BUT it had the whistle-blown it by someone pro-Gamergate (ie. me) and the PR company in question was pressured into changing their contracts. The idea that &quot;Gamergate&quot; did not care about this issue has no basis in reality. Revisionist history, nothing more.&quot;<sup>[[#cite_note-14|[14]]][[#cite_note-15|[15]]]</sup>
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== Response to Censorship[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=3|edit]]] ==
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When a petition which requested that the developers of the game ''Hatred'' should pull the plug on their project, threatening them by mentioning that the creator of the petition was &quot;a member of many, many groups on Linkedin including those of AAA studios [and] on top of that, [he's] an editor for two large gaming blogs&quot;,<sup>[[#cite_note-16|[16]]]</sup> TotalBiscuit made a Twitlonger post saying that he was not okay with &quot;indie devs and bloggers banding together to try and censor a game, no matter how awful its subject matter.&quot;<sup>[[#cite_note-17|[17]]]</sup>
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When ''Dreamfall'' came under fire for using &quot;ableist&quot; language,<sup>[[#cite_note-18|[18]]]</sup> he responded by saying:
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<blockquote>&quot;This is of course highly relevant these days as some people believe that there are people within the industry who are actively looking to sanitise parts of games they disagree with. I don't believe there are that many of them but I certainly believe there are some who exist. The &quot;nobody wants to take away your videogames!&quot; argument is for the most part correct but there are certainly people that want change when it comes to writing and character representation and some of that is not necessarily positive. &quot;If we are to appreciate games as an art form, we must also accept that art can be offensive, it can be ugly and it can be upsetting. I maintain that writers should be able to write whatever characters they want and if they want that character to use offensive language so that they are less likeable, so be it, that's an effective writing device and it also conveys a sense of realism, since that sort of language is alive and well in todays society, even if we wish it wasn't.&quot;<sup>[[#cite_note-19|[19]]]</sup></blockquote>
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== Sound Cloud[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=4|edit]]] ==
  
== Sound Cloud ==
 
 
TotalBiscuit has done a number of talks involving GamerGate and people involved in GamerGate, see the list below.
 
TotalBiscuit has done a number of talks involving GamerGate and people involved in GamerGate, see the list below.
 
*[https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit/a-response-to-yts-senior-curator-re-gamergate A response to YTs Senior Curator re: Gamergate]
 
  
*[https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit/weaponised-charity "Weaponised Charity"]
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* [https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit/a-response-to-yts-senior-curator-re-gamergate A response to YTs Senior Curator re: Gamergate]
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* [https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit/weaponised-charity &quot;Weaponised Charity&quot;]
  
*[https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit/stephen-totilo-of-kotaku-comes-to-the-table-to-discuss-media-ethics Stephen Totilo of Kotaku comes to the table to discuss media ethics]
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* [https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit/stephen-totilo-of-kotaku-comes-to-the-table-to-discuss-media-ethics Stephen Totilo of Kotaku comes to the table to discuss media ethics]
  
*[https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit/the-igda-is-doing-what-now The IGDA is doing what now?]
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* [https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit/the-igda-is-doing-what-now The IGDA is doing what now?]
  
==Co-Optional Podcast==
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== Co-Optional Podcast[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=5|edit]]] ==
  
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZBj40rCgxU The Co-Optional Podcast Ep. 66 ft. Jason Schreier [strong language] - Feb 5, 2015]
 
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZBj40rCgxU The Co-Optional Podcast Ep. 66 ft. Jason Schreier [strong language] - Feb 5, 2015]
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=== TB's soundcloud page ===
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=== TB's soundcloud page[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=6|edit]]] ===
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[https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit Totalbiscuit's soundcloud page]
 
[https://soundcloud.com/totalbiscuit Totalbiscuit's soundcloud page]
  
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== Further reading[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=7|edit]]] ==
  
 
== Further reading ==
 
 
http://tweetsave.com/totalbiscuit/status/519171298841604097
 
http://tweetsave.com/totalbiscuit/status/519171298841604097
  
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https://imgur.com/AuUMIdV
 
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[[#cite_ref-1|↑]] [http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s4nmr1 TotalBiscuit 19th Aug 2014]</li>
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[[#cite_ref-2|↑]] [http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/2dz0gs/totalbiscuit_discusses_the_state_of_games/ Reddit: TotalBiscuit discusses the state of games journalism, Steam Greenlight, ethics, DMCA abuse and Depression Quest.]</li>
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[[#cite_ref-3|↑]] [https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/516350999083368449 &quot;TotalBiscuit on Twitter: The message we got was &quot;we can give you prerelease code but only if you do this paid brand deal&quot;. We refused, naturally.&quot;]</li>
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↑ <sup>[[#cite_ref-TotalBiscuit_twitlonger_SoM_4-0|a]]</sup> <sup>[[#cite_ref-TotalBiscuit_twitlonger_SoM_4-1|b]]</sup> [http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngj0tg &quot;TotalBiscuit · @Totalbiscuit 29th Sep 2014 from MetroTwit&quot;]</li>
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[[#cite_ref-5|↑]] [https://twitter.com/Totalbiscuit/status/516349169620254720 &quot;TotalBiscuit on Twitter: I'm not involved in any brand deal, however I was able to gain access through other means, you can expect an assessment at launch.&quot;]</li>
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[[#cite_ref-6|↑]] [http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngk4v1 TotalBiscuit 1st Oct 2014]</li>
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[[#cite_ref-8|↑]] [http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9782-Shadow-of-Mordors-Promotion-Deals-with-Plaid-Social Jimquistion: Shadiness of Mordor]</li>
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[[#cite_ref-9|↑]] [https://archive.today/n66BU The Messy Story Behind YouTubers Taking Money For Game Coverage]</li>
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[[#cite_ref-10|↑]] [https://archive.today/UsWFb Salon: Gamergate’s fickle hero: The dark opportunism of Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos]</li>
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John Bain

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Aliases TotalBiscuit, TotalHalibut, The Cynical Brit
Occupation YouTube producer
Affiliations Polaris Network


John Bain, widely known as Totalbiscuit, is a popular YouTube reviewer and Let's Player. He has made several notable statements regarding GamerGate, and is generally considered to be a supporter of it.

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Involvement in GamerGate[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=1|edit]]]

On August 19, after being asked for his opinion on the Zoe Quinn Scandal, TotalBiscuit posted a message on Twitlonger that condemned the takedown of MundaneMatt's video on the subject, calling it "unethical" and an example of "disgusting behaviour".

TL:DR - If Zoey Quinn did engage in censorship via the abuse of the DMCA on Youtube then I thoroughly condemn her actions as being both fucking stupid and unethical. If outlets did provide her favourable coverage because she had intimate relations with some of the writers, they're goddamn idiots for doing it, why the hell would you compromise the trust of your readers for that? The shitstorm is too insane right now to make a huge amount of sense of and I have no idea what is true and what isn't. Cooler heads prevail, heard of that phrase? Calm the fuck down and things might become clearer. Also please stop shouting at me, thanks.[1]

The link was posted onto the r/gaming subreddit and collected over twenty-five thousand comments, of which over twenty thousand were deleted.[2]

Shadow of Mordor Incident[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=2|edit]]]

Before the release of the game Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, developed by Monolith Productions and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TotalBiscuit was told that he needed to make a brand deal in order to receive a review copy, which he refused to do.[3] He made numerous comments critical of those who didn't "know what he's complaining about, if he wants it early he has to give something in return",[4] saying: "It is the worst case scenario in which a company withholds review copies to maximise potential exposure while keeping critique at bay, it's about as anti-consumer as it gets."[4] He later released a video titled WTF... Is Shadow of Mordor? on September 30, without a brand deal.[5] On October 1, he commented on how non-brand deal videos were being taken down due to registered content in the Content ID database, believing that it wasn't malicious and hoped Warner Bros. would correct the mistake, "lest people assume a more malicious goal of censorship and undue control of the media narrative on their game".[6]

On the 2nd of October Jim Sterling, of The Escapist, requested details regarding the brand deal offer.[7] On October 6, Sterling released a video on his show, Jimquistion,[8] where he shared some excerpts from the contract, such as the clauses requiring the signer to "Persuade viewers to purchase the game" and demanding that the "video must not show bugs or glitches that may exist". Kotaku published an article on the subject on the October 10th, citing Sterling as a source.[9] The writer of the article, Nathan Grayson, ended with:

"Blurry lines. That's the big problem here. And as all of us—from journalists and video-makers to gamers who just want to know what's worth their time and money—try to navigate through the cloudy waters of YouTube ethics and paid coverage, total transparency may be the only way to stay afloat."

Multiple anti-Gamergate figures have made comments suggesting that #Gamergate did not care about the scandal. Zaid Jilani, writer for Salon, commented: "[This] highlights a core problem with the movement: When a legitimate corruption scandal not involving women, or feminism, or any real misogynist angle arises, it’s more or less ignored. It seems to be deemed not exciting enough to raise Gamergate’s hackles."[10]

TotalBiscuit responded to these criticisms, both on his blog[11] and on a SoundCloud post,[12] saying that the controversy only involved "3 key things. Youtubers, who primarily consist of Lets Play-creating entertainers, PR firms, specifically the company Plaid Social and the publisher of the game Warner Bros.",[11] none of which are journalists, and trying to claim that YouTubers, who are mostly Lets Players, are journalists, is either intellectually dishonest, or simply downright ignorant".[11] He then goes on to point out that he, an outspoken supporter of GamerGate, was the one who blew the whistle on the deal in the first place and that it was discussed by people within GamerGate. He also pointed out that the issue had been resolved, stating that "Plaid Social were caught in the act, exposed and revised their contracts", so there was no need for an on-going scandal.[11]

Arthur Chu, during an interview with David Pakman, said: "If [#GamerGate] cared about ethics, they would care about, um, Shadow of Mordor actually paying people, actually telling people they could get early access review copies and perks only if they made YouTube videos that criticized Shadow of Mordor in a certain positive light. That was an extremely blatant form of, er, people, marketers trying to influence reviews in a way that subverts journalistic ethics, but because it was in a field as they see as cultural[ly] theirs, which is YouTube as opposed to traditional sites, and it wasn't in favour of what they as feminist ideology: they didn't care. There was hardly any reaction to that compared to tonnes of people talking about [Zoe Quinn]."[13]

TotalBiscuit responded in the comments section of the video, stating: "Shadow of Mordor was not only not an issue of journalistic ethics BUT it had the whistle-blown it by someone pro-Gamergate (ie. me) and the PR company in question was pressured into changing their contracts. The idea that "Gamergate" did not care about this issue has no basis in reality. Revisionist history, nothing more."[14][15]

Response to Censorship[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=3|edit]]]

When a petition which requested that the developers of the game Hatred should pull the plug on their project, threatening them by mentioning that the creator of the petition was "a member of many, many groups on Linkedin including those of AAA studios [and] on top of that, [he's] an editor for two large gaming blogs",[16] TotalBiscuit made a Twitlonger post saying that he was not okay with "indie devs and bloggers banding together to try and censor a game, no matter how awful its subject matter."[17]

When Dreamfall came under fire for using "ableist" language,[18] he responded by saying:

"This is of course highly relevant these days as some people believe that there are people within the industry who are actively looking to sanitise parts of games they disagree with. I don't believe there are that many of them but I certainly believe there are some who exist. The "nobody wants to take away your videogames!" argument is for the most part correct but there are certainly people that want change when it comes to writing and character representation and some of that is not necessarily positive. "If we are to appreciate games as an art form, we must also accept that art can be offensive, it can be ugly and it can be upsetting. I maintain that writers should be able to write whatever characters they want and if they want that character to use offensive language so that they are less likeable, so be it, that's an effective writing device and it also conveys a sense of realism, since that sort of language is alive and well in todays society, even if we wish it wasn't."[19]

Sound Cloud[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=4|edit]]]

TotalBiscuit has done a number of talks involving GamerGate and people involved in GamerGate, see the list below.

Co-Optional Podcast[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=5|edit]]]

The Co-Optional Podcast Ep. 66 ft. Jason Schreier [strong language - Feb 5, 2015]



TB's soundcloud page[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=6|edit]]]

Totalbiscuit's soundcloud page

Further reading[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=7|edit]]]

http://tweetsave.com/totalbiscuit/status/519171298841604097

http://tweetsave.com/totalbiscuit/status/519170765477146627

http://tweetsave.com/totalbiscuit/status/520242699082145792

http://tweetsave.com/totalbiscuit/status/522085453860970497

http://tweetsave.com/totalbiscuit/status/523465937463562240

https://plus.google.com/app/basic/stream/z13mv3hw3xnns5d4004ceryhtzv2tfxqyq00k ( https://archive.today/r7uj7 )

https://i.imgur.com/9cUqV69.png

https://i.imgur.com/H02PFSr.png

http://blueplz.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/whose-side-am-i-on.html

http://blueplz.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/this-game-supports-more-than-two-players.html

https://imgur.com/a/ccEBn

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sicif9

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh5fer

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh6g05

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sef51b

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sejtrh

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sfrd7i

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh5k5p

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh5fer

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh5575

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh4199

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh40ru

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh2uij

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh2rum

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh2o9i

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh2nve

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh2dj9

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/nh0mqo

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngvhdv

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngscie

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sd058s

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sd042v

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngr588

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1scgmgt

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1scd7q4

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngjfkh

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngiujr

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngfk1a

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngf40m

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngevgt

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngd6a6

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngcl9r

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngcjhr

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ngb9tt

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ng7f67

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/ng592j

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s4npbo

https://imgur.com/AuUMIdV

References[[[index.php?title=John_Bain&action=edit&section=8|edit]]]


  1. TotalBiscuit 19th Aug 2014

  2. Reddit: TotalBiscuit discusses the state of games journalism, Steam Greenlight, ethics, DMCA abuse and Depression Quest.

  3. "TotalBiscuit on Twitter: The message we got was "we can give you prerelease code but only if you do this paid brand deal". We refused, naturally."

  4. a b "TotalBiscuit · @Totalbiscuit 29th Sep 2014 from MetroTwit"

  5. "TotalBiscuit on Twitter: I'm not involved in any brand deal, however I was able to gain access through other means, you can expect an assessment at launch."

  6. TotalBiscuit 1st Oct 2014

  7. [1]

  8. Jimquistion: Shadiness of Mordor

  9. The Messy Story Behind YouTubers Taking Money For Game Coverage

  10. Salon: Gamergate’s fickle hero: The dark opportunism of Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos

  11. a b c d "Salon.com knows nothing about gaming and that should surprise nobody"

  12. In which we expose how little Salon.com bothered to research its latest hit-piece

  13. #GamerGate: Arthur Chu Angry with Interviewer, Defends Tactics 3m42s

  14. [2]

  15. [3]

  16. Pull the plug on the Hatred game project and apologize

  17. @Totalbiscuit 3rd Nov 2014

  18. Ragnar Tørnquist defends ableist language in Dreamfall Chapters: "Those people exist in real life, and so they must exist in fiction"

  19. @TotalBiscuit 25th Oct 2014

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