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Ryan Davis, 1979 - 2013

Giant Bomb has suffered a profound loss.

Ryan Davis passed away on July 3rd. He was 34.

Obviously we’re all stunned over here. Ryan was a good friend to all of us. It’s odd to remember that, for someone who could be so acerbic at times, and despite knowing him for almost a decade, I honestly don’t recall ever actually being mad at him. He had an unconventional type of kindness that expressed itself more strongly the longer one knew him, and despite his teasing nature, he always managed to make his close friends feel loved when his attention turned towards you.

Many of you know that Ryan was recently married. In the face of this awfulness, many of us will at least always remember him as we last saw him: outrageously, uproariously happy, looking forward to his next adventure with the biggest grin his face could hold.

The consolation we can feel from that is miniscule compared to the hole that Ryan’s absence will leave in our lives. That’s not a hole that is possible to fill; it’s just something that we’ll just have to get used to walking around with, and that will not happen for a long, long time.

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Posted by bunkerbuster05

I can only imagine the DOTA 2 conversation going like this.

"Brad, what the fuck are you doing" "I'm not playing it that mu-" "BRAD WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU DOOOIIIINNGGGGG!"

I was happiest when Ryan was miserable... that's kind of weird to say. He was very reactionary, and every reaction was fucking gold. I'll miss his no-nonsense on live shows, and executable decision making. :P

Edited by IzunaDrop

Oh shit the hummingbird feeder.... sad again.

I had this hope he would finally achieve a hummingbird feeder out of his face and create content from it.

Miss you Ryan.

Posted by fcefalu
Posted by ComradeSnips

Still can't listen to the old podcasts or watch the old videos. I try every couple days, and I just can't do it yet.

Edited by Borklund

Was playing Arma 3 today when this happened. RIP Ryan Davis :(

Posted by jimmyfenix

Missing you buddy x

Posted by Lien_the_swede

Ryan's passing still makes me feel bad.

The way Jeff says "today's Tuesday"... To me it just acknowledges him and the others missing Ryan. That statement momentarily throws me off and makes me remember the premature passing of Ryan.

I am so glad that they are keeping at it though, moving forward.

Thank you Giantbomb!

Nothing I can say or feel could ease the pain of the people who really knew Ryan, but when I read the news I cried. That has never happened before.

Keep at it Gianbomb!

Posted by AuthenticM

Nearly two months later, it still feels weird thinking about Ryan not being among us anymore. I think it'll remain this way until the end-of-the-year deliberations and the new year.

Posted by reflekshun

I feel like it will always feel like this all happened yesterday, and thats a testament to how important Ryan Davis is to me and just anyone who's had any kind of connection with him. I feel so mixed when I watch older quick looks and hear his awesomeness, its a feeling of great loss and sadness for him and his family / friends, and a feeling of great pride and satisfaction in how much he shared himself with the world.

When I watch / listen to any of the new stuff on Giantbomb, I'm so extremely proud of the whole team for just pushing through and continuing the vision and legacy of Ryan Davis while staying true to themselves. The Giantbomb team, we all appreciate how honest, entertaining and uplifting you continue to be. LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!

Edited by KaneRobot

If you missed it live, be sure to watch the Twitch archive of the Cards Against Humanity PAX panel...the majority of it is a Ryan tribute show. A lot of GB regulars are on the panel, Jeff's on the panel, and there is a video that Vinny/Brad/Drew recorded that is shown as well. It's not up as I write this, but should be in the next day. Channel name is pax2.

http://www.twitch.tv/pax2

Posted by Fattony12000

If you missed it live, be sure to watch the Twitch archive of the Cards Against Humanity PAX panel...the majority of it is a Ryan tribute show. A lot of GB regulars are on the panel, Jeff's on the panel, and there is a video that Vinny/Brad/Drew recorded that is shown as well. It's not up as I write this, but should be in the next day. Channel name is pax2.

http://www.twitch.tv/pax2

It's already been ripped. For our pleasure.

Edited by weegieanawrench

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Posted by Lando81

Missing this duder a lot. PAX was fantastic but definitely somber in spots.

Posted by TheManWithNoPlan

Still thinking about you big guy. I hope your enjoying yourself in the netherelm.

Edited by Legion_

I miss you alot, Ryan.

Posted by TimeLeap

Missing you a lot Ryan. :(

Edited by plagueseason

Still missing you, Ryan. I'm so glad I get to look up at this signed poster on my wall every day knowing that a little piece of you lives in this home. I now sit here drinking some cheap, shitty whiskey, because I know this is how you would have wanted it. Cheers, sir.

Posted by SpikeSpiegel00

Miss you Ryan.

Edited by Zacagawea

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Posted by MB

I was just talking to someone about the midnight launch for GTAV that is coming up. I started thinking about the last midnight release event that I went to...it was for GTAIV with Ryan and some of the other guys. At that time Giant Bomb wasn't even a thing, it was still the Arrow Pointing Down podcast. Ryan and I did know one another before that, but we kept in touch about the site after that night (we were having beers at the Outback before the launch event) and he eventually asked me if I wanted to help out with moderating the site when it launched.

Hard to believe that...the GTAIV launch was five years ago...and that Ryan is gone...and that he and I are the same age. Definitely puts things in perspective.

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Edited by Rick_Fingers

I watched the PAX CAH tribute and it was beautiful, a bit sad but very funny.

And then Johnny V just broke me. It's kind of humbling to see all of these people have so much to say about what Ryan meant to them; even moreso when you take into account the thousands of people around the world like all of us here for whom he was probably more important than any of us realised until he was gone.

If the mark of a man is the impact he had on those he left behind, Ryan Davis was a truly great man indeed.

Posted by Rick_Fingers

I watched the PAX CAH tribute and it was beautiful, a bit sad but very funny.

And then Johnny V just broke me. It's kind of humbling to see all of these people have so much to say about what Ryan meant to them; even moreso when you take into account the thousands of people around the world like all of us here for whom he was probably more important than any of us realised until he was gone.

If the mark of a man is the impact he had on those he left behind, Ryan Davis was a truly great man indeed.

Edited by OfficeGamer

@mb: how/why did you know him?

Posted by Rekt_Hed

Just finished listening to the summer jams memorial :') After listening to both the memorial podcasts that This Year made, and the standing ovation at Pax, its really helped me deal with the fact that Ryan has passed.

Still miss you a ton duder. Still seems so surreal that a person I never got to even meet in real life would have such a impact on me when they passed. But this just speaks to how awesome and friendly Ryan's personality was and how he came across in everything that he did.

Much love and respect to you mate

Posted by porjos

Random thought > Sad memory > Paying small forum tribute > Miss you duder

Posted by cthomer5000

The impending console launches are kind of bumming me out, with Ryan having just recently (Wii U) talked so much about how he loves the event itself around a launch. Hanging out in the line, talking to people who are lined up and waiting, etc.

I know none of the other guys have that passion for the new launch, and it saddens me. But I'm mostly just sad on behalf of him that he won't be here for the excitement of those two weeks.

Edited by abomunist

I never knew you. You never knew me. You were intelligent, entertaining, and somewhat belligerent. I fucking miss that.

I wish you had been here longer.

Posted by Vrikk

Bombcast just isn't the same.

Edited by SparkleMotion

I'm really scared. A close friend of eight years was just diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Posted by tysonwritesel

I miss Ryan so bad.

Posted by 2pints

I was a huge gamespot fan when ryan and jeff were on board over there,i somehow drifted away when they left and did not really follow giantbomb or any other site really.I recently got my love of gaming back and decided to check out giantbomb and oh my god i could not believe what i was seeing.Ryan was an exceptional man,a real one of a kind and he cannot be replaced.And now i have some catching up to do..all those podcasts and videos i will be checking out will no doubt be bitter sweet for me.At least we still have Jeff.Love you Jeff i am so sorry for your huge loss i know you were like brothers.

Posted by lolgreg

This makes me sad.

Posted by Skytylz

@2pints said:

I was a huge gamespot fan when ryan and jeff were on board over there,i somehow drifted away when they left and did not really follow giantbomb or any other site really.I recently got my love of gaming back and decided to check out giantbomb and oh my god i could not believe what i was seeing.Ryan was an exceptional man,a real one of a kind and he cannot be replaced.And now i have some catching up to do..all those podcasts and videos i will be checking out will no doubt be bitter sweet for me.At least we still have Jeff.Love you Jeff i am so sorry for your huge loss i know you were like brothers.

You're in for 5 years of great podcasts.

Posted by Tobyus

I may be late on this, well, when GB made this thread I saw it and i ws heartbroken..

RIP Ryan. It's very sad that you've passed. <3

Edited by jelyk

Miss you brother. Still doesn't feel the same...

Edited by daltimond

I know this might sound trite at this point but there are moments where I'll watch a "best of" quicklook or listen to an old bombcast and I keep thinking he will be back. I can't imagine what its like for the people who were closer to him. Definitely miss him still. I can't believe that still, when I hear him or see a him in something I cant help but shake my head from realizing that he isn't coming back. I've experienced death before, and I don't even feel like I deserve to feel this way when I barely knew him while for others he was an integral part of their lives, but it still sucks. I guess this has all taught me that you don't ever "get over" the death of someone close, you just deal with it. It makes me realize how strong everyone is that has dealt or is dealing with death, especially the bombcrew and Ryan's wife.

Posted by Milkman

It's weird to come back to this thread but I was just thinking of Ryan tonight so I wanted to just say again how much I miss this dude.

Posted by brocool

Miss you Ryan

Posted by whallett

Just wanted to say how much I missed Ryan. Best wishes to his friends and family.

Edited by Zero_

Man, I'm gonna keep coming back to this through every time I think of the guy. GODDAMNIT RYAN YOU ASSHOLE WHY'D YOU HAVE TO GO

Edited by spraynardtatum

Ryan Davis was a motherfucking delight. RIP

Posted by Rabalais42

It's been months, but I still think about Ryan a lot and still miss him. Rest in Peace Ryan. We all love you man.

Edited by therealnelsk

I fucking miss Ryan Davis. There. I said it.

Posted by Spector

The site and all that it is, is not the same without Ryan Davis. I can't imagine how little that means to those whom really knew him, but to us, it's all we really had of him and he is missed.

I hope that his friends and family are looking on better days.

Posted by warpig87

Every time I've visited the site lately I can't help but think to myself, "Man, I bet Ryan would love all this new content".

Posted by Theavy

Can't stand that he's gone. Wish I could've met him

Posted by ManlyBeast
Posted by rcath

A voice and opinion that cannot be replaced, on speculated on.