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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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Edited by randiolo

sigh... this is still hard.

Posted by captain_clayman
@randiolo said:

sigh... this is still hard.


I know dude...it's starting to get better, but I can't help but think about what it'd be like if Ryan were still around. I want to hear what he would have said about the new consoles and games...

Posted by ki11tank

I still have the last podcast he did on my phone, i usually delete them as they go but every once and while I'll start it again for the "iiiittsss tueeesssday!!" before i start the new one.... yep.

Posted by flameraven
Edited by DostoyevskysShamblingCorpse

A lot of the crap people say when someone dies, "there'll never be someone else like him" or "he was one of a kind" always sounded like rhetoric to me until Ryan passed. The world lost more than a funny and talented guy, more than just a crazy amalgamation of pop culture references, the world lost someone who was...real. A rare person able to empathize with anyone, able to be humble and relatable at the same time, someone who was so comfortable in his own skin he made everyone around him feel comfortable in the same room. Like a wise old dog. I don't know what or why I'm saying this other than I still miss you big guy, and the world still feels less...magical to me now. Like a quiche with no cheese.

Posted by ADAMWD
Posted by Killerfridge

Still miss you, man.

Edited by Speqktrum

R.I.P. dearest Ryan Davis. I never met you, I didn't even REALLY know you, and you damn sure didn't know me, but I'll still terribly miss having you as some small part of my life. You were one heck of a great duder.

Edited by saptis

Now when the Ryan's gone the site is kinda sad - i mean the videos like recent "Another Playstation 4 Unboxing" was a bit toned down. Also it's a bit sad that theres no more "i love Mondays" and "Mailbag" videos - they were great !

I've noticed that Ryan's passaway hit you guys really hard (me also) but you'll need to continue the good work to prove that the spirit is still there.

Posted by pekoe212

@ki11tank: Me too. I usually delete them as I go but I've kept the last couple bombcasts he hosted. I'm tearing up a little reading these comments, I think it didn't really hit me for a few months that Ryan was truly gone. I always felt like he'd just gone off to Tahiti or something and was refusing to come back. On top of all the awesome things Ryan was and achieved, he really taught me that being yourself is the best way to go. It's a cliche thing we are all told, but he was the first person that actually demonstrated that to me. I actually think of him sometimes when I'm feeling underconfident or wishing I was a different person. It reminds me that even if I don't know what the hell I am doing, the only way to kick ass at it is by staying true to myself. You'll never find your true awesomeness or brilliance anywhere else.

Posted by LackingSaint

Missing you, duder. It's still so weird not to go to bed and wake up with you talking bullshit in my ipod.

Posted by Rabbykayn

Are we ever going to get a Ryan Davis tribute t-shirt? I'm disappointed they had to cancel the original.

Posted by 8Bit_Archer

First of all....ARE YOU SERIOUS ^

This is still unbelievable almost five months later...and Im still finding it hard to comprehend Ryan's passing...miss you duder.

Edited by perfectlizardwizard

Really missing him now with the new generation, the game of the year... His spirit is definitely being missed right about now.

Posted by ultrapeanut

Man, it's only been four months? Feels like a million. :(

Certain PS4/XONE games keep striking me as "great TNT games," and then I remember...

Edited by fraser

Stabbed some dudes in Assassin's Creed earlier today, thought of you duder!

Edited by chicknfeet

Would have really enjoyed celebrating the new console releases with him. Miss you Ryan

Posted by Scrumdidlyumptious

Ryan, you're missing all the fun dude! Come join us!

Edited by freedomfreak

I remember hearing about this back on Gamespot. I didn't really watch the content Giantbomb put out, like Quick Looks, but obviously I knew the crew. I followed all the stuff that happened over the years. How Giantbomb was born, but I never bothered with looking into this place. Around the time Ryan died, I started watching Quick Looks. Just content in general made by the GB crew.

I very much like them. I liked quite a few of them on Gamespot already, so seeing them back is nice. It also saddened me more when I saw Ryan Davis in all those videos. Must've been one hell of a shock for the GB crew.

So yeah, again, RIP.

Edited by Tazzywon

just poking around around twitch and found this weird thing made from giantbomb Thursday night throwdown http://www.twitch.tv/giantbomb/b/314782384 its kinda scarey dunno if that was b4 or after his passing...RIP Ryan

Posted by ZachMorrissey

I'm only 19 years old. I've been following Ryan and the guys since 2005 back at Gamespot. I cannot believe I was only 11 years old, I've been listening to this big loveable man talk in my ear through middle school, high school, and now college. Not shaking his hand is one of my deepest regrets, always thought of going to Pax or to the big big live show but I always put it off telling myself I could just go next year.

I've never experienced the loss of someone I truly cared for. Ryan's presence was important to me, things are definitely getting better, but I will be coming back to this thread to share in the love for the man. I love you Ryan, from the bottom of my heart. I'm not really sure what happens when you die, but I hope you're peaceful now wherever you are. You deserve it.

Posted by evilrazer

@tazzywon: Thanks for that link, bud, had an awesome time watching it for the fist time.

Posted by davidwitten22

Just came here to post how awesome it is that there's a Steam achievement on Cook, Serve, Delicious for "Served a Ryan Davis burger, named after the greatest man of our time".

Posted by ManMadeGod
Edited by AcesHigh291

I still find it hard to think about this... Miss you so much, Ryan. Before this all happened, I never knew that someone online could change my life in such a profound way. It's heart breaking that I had to find that out in this manner, RIP duder, I think about you all the time.

Edited by Soap

Someone linked me to a Giantbomb clip today that had a lot of Ryan in it, I didn't expect it to still feel so raw but I got pretty upset over it again. I thought it would get easier and I suppose in some ways it has, but I still miss that dude a whole bunch.

Posted by skadave

Are we ever going to get a Ryan Davis tribute t-shirt? I'm disappointed they had to cancel the original.

I think a black t shirt that simply says "Taswell" in white letters would be an appropriate tribute.

Posted by johncallahan

I just went back and read this for the first time since that terrible day. I keep hoping that at some point he's just going to pop out in a video and scream GOT YA YOU FUCKERS! And then deliver that incredible laugh of his. Man, now I'm getting misty-eyed again.

Posted by Fonzinator

With the new consoles finally out, it just reminds me of how much of a bummer it is that Ryan doesn't get to see it all with the crew. The content has been great lately, and I love seeing and hearing the true laughter again. I'm sure they think about Ryan every day, and I am truly thankful that everyone at GB has kept it going.

You guys da best!

Posted by LeSieg

Miss ya Ryan. You are an awesome dude, thanks for all. GiantBomb forever.

Edited by LethalKi11ler

Never forgotten <3

Posted by ArtisanBreads

Gah miss ya bud

Posted by lokilaufey

It's been months and I still haven't watched the very last Quick Look Ryan ever appeared in. I don't know if I'll ever be able to do it. I tried a couple months ago but ended up wanting to cry within the first minute and shut it off.

Posted by Borklund

;_;

Posted by EndlessObsidian

@borklund said:

;_;

Ryan must be losing his god damn mind right now!

Forever with us Mr. Ryan Davis.

:(

Posted by TheSolution

This is still the worst.

Edited by KaneRobot

With the new consoles out I went back and watched parts of the MS and Sony presentations where everything was revealed over the summer. Was pretty jarring to see Ryan there So strange that he was there to see the PS4 and XBone as actual THINGS but isn't here for the release.

This site really did change a ton, personality-wise, in a short period of time this year. Ryan gone, Dave departing, and Patrick being significantly less prominent, at least for a while.

Edited by Blair

I continue to miss Ryan very much. This is a really weird thing I found;

I was listening to the December 13th, 2011 Bombcast today (because I feel really nostalgic about December Bombcasts) and perhaps the most bone-chilling, ominous foreshadowing is done at the 0:05:30 mark. Out of the blue, Brad mentions 2013 games (in 2011! EDIT: HE EVEN SAYS 18 MONTHS AWAY, FROM DECEMBER 2011 + 18 MO = JULY 2013!!!) when Ryan says,

"I try not to think about that...the future. That's too far... There won't be an Earth by then (referring to 2013)." Then Jeff goes on (to Ryan) "...why are you worried about preordering it then? You're gonna be dead, what do you care?"

Yikes. That was tough to listen to. I was genuinely disturbed by that. A Laughable, innocent joke from Jeff at the time, but really scary to hear now. I really miss Taswell. Giant Bomb is not the same.

Posted by StriderNo9

Hey everybody it's Tuesday

Edited by sephiroth1983

RIP Ryan i salute your awesomeness and you will be missed everyday.

Edited by Nightriff

Miss ya Ryan, Game of the Year won't be the same without you.

Posted by ReTarDedFisHy

Dedicating my 1000th to Ryan.
It isn't the same here without you, but it's still a damn fine place with all the work you put in. You left a good place for us.
Miss you duder.

Posted by Poppy_Persona

@blair: Jeeez he was probably making a 2012 end of the world joke but still, pretty ominous to hear now i guess. But you know if we go back and listen to the old podcasts etc there will probably be lots of things that seem morbid in hindsight its just one of those things. I mean have you seen the wake up club quick look?! That seems very strange to watch now, but how could anyone have known.

Edited by kristov_romanov

I hope that this thread is stickied until the end of time.

Miss ya Ryan, glad we had a stupid moment on that Happy Hour.

Stay loud.

Posted by GamingMichael

@blair said:

I continue to miss Ryan very much. This is a really weird thing I found;

I was listening to the December 13th, 2011 Bombcast today (because I feel really nostalgic about December Bombcasts) and perhaps the most bone-chilling, ominous foreshadowing is done at the 0:05:30 mark. Out of the blue, Brad mentions 2013 games (in 2011! EDIT: HE EVEN SAYS 18 MONTHS AWAY, FROM DECEMBER 2011 + 18 MO = JULY 2013!!!) when Ryan says,

"I try not to think about that...the future. That's too far... There won't be an Earth by then (referring to 2013)." Then Jeff goes on (to Ryan) "...why are you worried about preordering it then? You're gonna be dead, what do you care?"

Yikes. That was tough to listen to. I was genuinely disturbed by that. A Laughable, innocent joke from Jeff at the time, but really scary to hear now. I really miss Taswell. Giant Bomb is not the same.

Fuck that's creepy.

Posted by ArtelinaRose

It's been almost five months and I still haven't fully registered this. I understand that he's gone, but... it hasn't truly hit me yet. Ugh...

Edited by OllyOxenFree

@blair said:

I continue to miss Ryan very much. This is a really weird thing I found;

I was listening to the December 13th, 2011 Bombcast today (because I feel really nostalgic about December Bombcasts) and perhaps the most bone-chilling, ominous foreshadowing is done at the 0:05:30 mark. Out of the blue, Brad mentions 2013 games (in 2011! EDIT: HE EVEN SAYS 18 MONTHS AWAY, FROM DECEMBER 2011 + 18 MO = JULY 2013!!!) when Ryan says,

"I try not to think about that...the future. That's too far... There won't be an Earth by then (referring to 2013)." Then Jeff goes on (to Ryan) "...why are you worried about preordering it then? You're gonna be dead, what do you care?"

Yikes. That was tough to listen to. I was genuinely disturbed by that. A Laughable, innocent joke from Jeff at the time, but really scary to hear now. I really miss Taswell. Giant Bomb is not the same.

*cue X-Files music*

Posted by tysonwritesel

I miss you, Ryan.

Posted by NoobSauceG7

I really miss Ryan.