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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 pickassoreborn

Still miss him.

Posted by Hailinel

@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.

Whoa. That's a bizarre, freaky coincidence if there ever was one.

Posted by skadave

As a tribute to Ryan, i have been putting the word "Taswell" on the back of every Forza 5 car i use. I think it would be cool if there was an army of Taswell cars out there. . . feel free to do the same if you wish.

Posted by Fattony12000

@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*

*cue The Twilight Zone music*

Posted by WMoyer83
Posted by Guesty_01

I aprechiate what the guys are doing here, how they've kept the show going. The staunch professionalism they've show. The way they handled the whole matter. I can really, really get behind it and I'll never forget it.

However I feel a need, an urge if you will, to say that Giantbomb hasn't been the same, and never will be, for me at the least.

That's not a slight on the guys, it's not a dig, or in anyway even a criticism. It's just how I feel, and as I said above, I just needed to write this down.

GiantBomb is awesome.

Posted by Vahleticar

I miss you Ryan

Posted by Khronikos

@hailinel:

@hailinel said:

@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.

Whoa. That's a bizarre, freaky coincidence if there ever was one.

Yeah, that is really weird. Ominous as hell when you read it now.

Posted by auspiciousqueue

This breaks my heart. I've been gone for quite some time and can't believe it. Even if it was just through the site, there are so many fond memories. What more can be said about someone that impacted so many? He is greatly missed.

Edited by Crono

Still feels so recent. I really miss the guy.

Edited by Nilazz

I've been going through all the old Bombcasts ( up to 2012 right now ) and Ryan was such a great podcast host, nothing against Jeff not at all.

Posted by AnjinM

It is a testament to the man that this thread keeps going. I have lost so much this year, but for some reason Ryan is the one that sticks with me.

I, too, have been listening to old Bombcasts. It is strange how ominous some of their joke sound now. I love listening to them have fun, but it will forever be bittersweet now.

Posted by JoelHulsey

I cannot even bear to think of watching GOTY stuff. Ryan was such a huge part. How can you miss somebody so much that you have never met? The world just seems so much more blah...

Posted by ElaNabi

Anyone knows where Ryan got the name taswell from? what does it mean?

Edited by skadave

@elanabi said:

Anyone knows where Ryan got the name taswell from? what does it mean?

According to his father (via twitter). . . it was his great grandfather's middle name.

EDIT: I had to scroll through all of his father's tweets to make sure my answer was correct . . it brought on a rush of emotion. I really miss Ryan.

Posted by TheManWithNoPlan

@hailinel said:

@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.

Whoa. That's a bizarre, freaky coincidence if there ever was one.

That's something. I recall a certain tweet from ryan just days before his passing where he said something regarding how hot it was outside and how he had really exhausted himself (referring to his wedding). The end of one of his last tweets said, "It's not like I'm gonna die or anything, right?" I really choked up when I first read that.

We miss you Ryan. Rip.

Edited by DanceMacabre

GOTY stuff is going to really bring all the memories of this back to the surface for me...

Damn.

Edited by Stradimus

Just listened to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and it all brought back my memories of the Harmonix tribute live stream for Ryan. Broke my heart all over again.

Posted by RonGalaxy

My feeling about his passing is still so surreal... I didn't know him personally, but he felt like a friend, and this juxtaposition kind of messes with me a bit...

At the end of the day, his passing left a hole in my heart, and I miss him a lot; that's the only feeling that matters.

Wish you were here, Ryan.

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Posted by chrollo

I still can't believe this sometimes :( its too tragic

Edited by ElaNabi

@skadave said:

@elanabi said:

Anyone knows where Ryan got the name taswell from? what does it mean?

According to his father (via twitter). . . it was his great grandfather's middle name.

EDIT: I had to scroll through all of his father's tweets to make sure my answer was correct . . it brought on a rush of emotion. I really miss Ryan.

wow thanks for the effort!

Posted by LikeaSsur

Now that Game of the Year stuff is upon us, and the next gen systems are finally out, I sometimes remember how excited Ryan was for the new consoles to come out, and how much he would've loved Saints Row IV and all the "bad" games that have been Quick Looked this year.

Edited by skadave

@elanabi said:

@skadave said:

@elanabi said:

Anyone knows where Ryan got the name taswell from? what does it mean?

According to his father (via twitter). . . it was his great grandfather's middle name.

EDIT: I had to scroll through all of his father's tweets to make sure my answer was correct . . it brought on a rush of emotion. I really miss Ryan.

wow thanks for the effort!

There was also a little story that went along with the name. Apparently when Ryan was born he was given the middle name Thomas, it was the name that his parents thought was his great grandfather's middle name. It turns out his grandfather's middle name was Taswell. Ryan liked the name and story so much that he adopted the name as his internet handle.

Edited by Scrumdidlyumptious

Game of the Year without Ryan :(

Posted by Boostergold

I didn't mention this before because I didn't want to take away from the loss of Ryan. However, that same morning July 3rd is the same morning my mother died from breast cancer. It was literally the worst day of my life, then I log on and find out Ryan passed away as well. Needless to say it was another punch to the gut. I almost felt worse about Ryan's passing because my mom's passing was kind of inevitable and I had made peace with that but Ryans was so unexpected it broke my heart and felt like I had lost a friend I never met.

I just kind of needed to get that off my chest and because the day coincides with my moms passing I tend to think of Ryan a lot and rest assured his memory won't go away for a long time.

Posted by SharkEthic

@boostergold: I'm really sorry, dude. I can't even imagine.. What a horrible, horrible day for you.

Edited by TurboMan

@boostergold: Sorry to hear that, hope you have a good Christmas cause I know it can be rough for the first year when someone's gone.

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Been thinking a lot about Ryan lately. I would have loved for him to be with us for the release of these new consoles/during the game of the year stuff. I've been hearing/seeing him on my computer screen(s) for about 10 years now I guess, so it's still hard to get over it whenever I look back on past videos.

Posted by Apparatus_Unearth

That is pretty spooky about Brad and Jeff's innocent joke. Also, hate to tell ya but 18 months from December 2011 would be May 2013, not July.

Posted by Liquidsolidus

Does anyone reckon there will be any sort of end-of-the-year homage to Ryan from the Giantbomb dudes?

Edited by TheSouthernDandy

@boostergold: Sorry to hear that dude, that's really rough :( hope you're doin ok.

GotY stuff is gonna be weird without him. I'm sure it'll still be dumb..but not as dumb as it has been. I still miss that guy, probably will for a long time.

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Posted by JasonR86

I've been on the road a lot with a new position I'm in and have been listening to old Bombcasts to fill my time. I figured I'd listen to the whole run from the first Arrow Pointing Down to the new ones. I always liked Ryan in videos and on the podcast even when he's intentional obnoxiousness actually became obnoxious. But listening to these again, knowing he's gone, all of the great things he did start to really show themselves. He was really and really set a good tone for the content he was in. The new content without him is good and Vinny has done a good job trying to fill in when he can but there was this nonchalance to Ryan's ability to entertain. Other people have to work to do that. I'm still pretty young in my career and development as a therapist and I know that, for much of the time, I look and sound like I'm working my ass off. Ryan never seemed like he was trying to be as good as he was. It just came naturally.

Edited by PimblyCharles

Does anyone reckon there will be any sort of end-of-the-year homage to Ryan from the Giantbomb dudes?

Every day is a homage to Ryan

Posted by sionweeks

I've been missing you this last week Ryan. I've been thinking about you every now and again most days this past week. I don't know what it is in particular, but it probably has something to do with the holidays.

Miss you big man! Miss you more than ever.

Much love.

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Posted by Spoonman671

I was thinking about buying a Wii U bundle the other day, so I thought I'd check out Giant Bomb's Quick Look. I found myself surprised when I heard Ryan's voice, having forgotten how much has changed in the past year. It's a great Quick Look, as it includes so much of the crew just having fun. I recommend it.


Posted by Metal_Mills

@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.

Pretty sure he would have said that because of the 2012 doomsday stuff. Still, weird to hear!

Posted by randiolo

Merry Christmas Ryan..miss you a bunch.

Edited by Apparatus_Unearth

When Vinny said Lamar's last name was Davis in the GOTY podcast, it took me a second to not expect to hear Ryan or something.

Posted by JBird

I want to say a massive thank you to the GB staff for providing us with fantastic GOTY content in what must have been a really difficult time. I miss Ryan's brand of irreverence in all the GOTY content, and miss the guy like I knew him well. It has been nice seeing all the mentions of him in the top ten lists, wont be the same without him, and nor should it! Happy christmas all, heres to another year of GB!

Edited by ThePickle

Those Mailbag vids in the old Whiskey office were the goddamn best. Ryan was just too good at describing the crazy packages. Fuck, I just flat out miss the guy.

Posted by skadave

When Vinny said Lamar's last name was Davis in the GOTY podcast, it took me a second to not expect to hear Ryan or something.

Yeah. . . that struck me as well. When Vinny said "Davis. . . pause.... Lamar's last name is Davis." I initially got a chill down my spine. Weird.

Posted by McGhee

Been listening to the GOTY podcasts and I started to really notice how much of a counterbalance Ryan was to Jeff. He is still missed.

Posted by Milkman

I wonder what his GOTY would have been. :(

Still kind of hard to believe.

Posted by CaptNCoke
Posted by WalkerD

Randomly thought of Ryan today and thought I'd drop by and say I still miss the big guy. Hearing a dude's voice almost every day for a few years really makes you feel attached to them regardless of whether you've personally met them or not. There's a kind of hole left in the daily routine without him. I can hardly find the words to thank someone for being who they were while they were alive, I had a friend die earlier this year and the most I could eek out was a couple of sentences, so I'll just say whatever I think whenever a passed friend or loved one comes to mind. Rest in peace, and thanks for everything.

Posted by Lorbst

I, (t) As well, miss Ryan. <3

Posted by Boobtank

Such amazing, razor sharp wit. SO FAST! I would love to hear him pick only the good fights in this years rankings of games.

Edited by Fattony12000
Posted by Abendlaender

I have to say the crew did a fantastic job to manage this tough year. Not only did they loose Ryan but also Dave and Ian. Plus Patrick moved away. Still I feel like they didn't really reduce the content they put out. Rorie is a great addition though a bit underused in my opinion. And they really did a fantastic job to not remind everybody all the time about Ryan. They always put on a happy face for the community even though I suspect they didn't feel that way (especially Jeff, but I'm obviously just guessing) and just kept on keeping on. And smiling convincingly when you just want to be alone is probably the hardest thing in the world.

But man....when Vinny mentioned that Lamars last name was Davis....it just hurt. And I guess that goes for them as well...

Edited by overlordkai

2013 is my worst year cause of this.