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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 BGFH

I am finishing 2013 by listening to a couple of Giant Bombcasts. I listened to both the last Bombcast Ryan hosted, and the Remembering Ryan podcast. It was tough, but just something I wanted to do.

We still miss you Ryan.

Posted by sage2

Happy New Year Ryan. We will always miss you.

Edited by BBOYS2231
@sage2 said:

Happy New Year Ryan. We will always miss you.

Here Here!

Posted by Zacagawea

:(

Edited by Nightriff

Exactly 6 months since his passing, I still choke up a bit when I watch I video with him or listen to an old podcast.

Posted by sub_o

After 6 months, we're still missing you, Ryan.

Edited by DwigtK

I have gone back and tried to watch some old QLs and if Ryan is in the video I last about 2 minutes and have to turn it off.

Posted by PatchMaster

I hope this thread stays active till the day the doors close.

Posted by YoThatLimp

Listening to that goodbye podcast. Man, I fucking miss Ryan.

Edited by NegativeCero

It still amazes me that this thread still gets comments so consistently. We still miss you, Ryan.

Posted by sometimesavowel

@dwigtk: I feel the opposite, actually. I want to go back and watch the videos he was in. I think the first Quick Look that led me to discover Giant Bomb as more than just a podcast had Ryan in it.

Edited by SquareTheRoot

Still missin' you Ryan.

Posted by rusalkagirl

I got into Giant Bomb maybe a couple weeks before Ryan passed away, and after becoming more interested in the community/reviewing older podcasts and videos he was in, I feel like I needed to post something in this thread. I guess I can't say I 'miss' him, but I just wish I had an opportunity to; I wish I had gotten a chance to appreciate him more when he was still around. Or thank him for everything he did.

What an amazing dude. I hope he's found peace somewhere he can keep kicking ass.

Posted by alyt9870

Going back and watching some of my favourite Ryan moments (the SimCity quick look has possibly the most fantastic Ryan laughter in any video), reminds me of how friendly and kind he always seemed to be, with a never-ending supply of joy and enthusiasm. Rest in peace man, you'll always be missed.

Posted by SlamVanderhuge

Listening to a bunch of Bombcasts from 2008 just to get my Ryan fill. Still miss you man.

Posted by Nodima

Ryan was on a real hot streak with the quips from roughly June 2011 through September 2011. High quality happy hours, quick looks and podcasts abound.

Posted by RSNZ64

still thinking of you man... its strange that I never really knew you but it feels like I did.

Edited by Jodski

Feel like this is going to be me every year.

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Edited by Glottery

Had a whole bunch of weird dreams last night and for some reason, Giant Bomb invaded them for the first time. I listened to a podcast and Ryan was with the crew, chatting away. Noone seemed to comment on it, but I felt there was an explanation coming for it at any point. Sadly that never occurred, so I still don't have a way to bring him back.

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Posted by Captainlunchbox

Every once in a while, I'll go back to this and the Remembering Ryan podcast. It'll make me sad, sure, but it'll also remind me of how great the man was and how much he meant to anyone who had every had the pleasure of being entertained by him.

Then I like to go and read, listen, and watch whatever he put together. I feel a lot better laughing with him.

Edited by Sunjammer

I still miss Ryan.

Posted by Beetlebummed

I got into Giant Bomb maybe a couple weeks before Ryan passed away, and after becoming more interested in the community/reviewing older podcasts and videos he was in, I feel like I needed to post something in this thread. I guess I can't say I 'miss' him, but I just wish I had an opportunity to; I wish I had gotten a chance to appreciate him more when he was still around. Or thank him for everything he did.

What an amazing dude. I hope he's found peace somewhere he can keep kicking ass.

This is almost my experience. I was on holiday, needed something to listen to on iTunes and had never been on the website before, just heard that amazing voice of his. When Vinny broke the news on that podcast, I didn't really know what to think. Looking back now, with all the old quick lloks and podcasts I've went back to, I feel that I can finally (to some degree) appreciate the brilliant man that he was.

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Edited by slyspider

Damn. Ryan. Still sucks. Hope his widow is doing ok and the guys are checking in on her

Posted by WMWA

I miss Ryan so much. I wish we'd have done the fundraiser for his widow. I'm mad poor, but would've pitched 5-10 in

Posted by Radar

Man, I haven't been able to listen to the Bombcast regularly like I used to but I got some spare time to listen through some Bombcasts I missed. I miss Ryan. :(

Posted by Lando81

Miss USA duder.

Posted by TheElliotBee

Nothing's the same without you Ryan. Miss you duder. Still trying to get used to this. Not working.

Edited by Castiel

Sometimes I just think of him. It's weird since I never had the fortune to know or met him personally but I guess I always thought of Ryan as a friend. It was Jeff and Ryan's chemistry that got me into this site and then later I really got to learn the rest of the crew and appreciate each of their personalities... I'm not joking when I'm saying that Giantbomb is one of the few things that has kept me sane between studying and my crappy part-time job.

Miss you Ryan.

Posted by DarthOrange

I was remembering this old question I sent in to Screened when Ryan was on today.

This site hasn't been the same without him.

Edited by psylah

I mess with nerf guns in my spare time, and I came across this picture of Ryan by happenstance

Havin' a great time.

Anyone know the video?

Posted by TheHT

Watching the old Alan Wake Quick Looks. The way Ryan could articulate his interests always got me interested in whatever he was talking about. His enthusiasm was infectious. I guess it still is!

Posted by tysonwritesel

RIP Man, just thinking of you. Miss you a lot.

Edited by supermike6

Every once in a while I'll see a screenshot of the Giant Bomb crew with Ryan in it, and I'll just remember how much things have changed. It's only been six months but it feels like such a long time. I often go back and read the memorials and this thread and just remember one of my favourite duders. This site helped me get through high school and defined me for years, and so it was huge for me to lose one of those anchors, especially right as I graduated. The other guys have managed to pull through and continue making great stuff, but it goes without saying that it will never be the same without Ryan. I really miss him.

Sometimes I'll wake up and groggily open a quick look, and assume it'll be a Jeff & Ryan look, and then it'll start and it'll all come flooding back to me. Or I'll pop into a live show and see Jeff on the chair and be surprised for a brief second. At least we still have all the great podcasts and videos he made throughout his life to go back to.

Posted by dawnofthesean

I still catch myself thinking "I wonder when Ryan is coming back?" And then it all dawns on me again. Hope you are in a better place.

Posted by Intro

RIP Ryan. We all miss you, but love the great memories we have of you. Thank you for sharing everything you did with us, you'll never know how much you meant to so many people.

Love you man.

Posted by goldenphallus

hey duders and ryan

@plewney said:

@rusalkagirl said:

I got into Giant Bomb maybe a couple weeks before Ryan passed away, and after becoming more interested in the community/reviewing older podcasts and videos he was in, I feel like I needed to post something in this thread. I guess I can't say I 'miss' him, but I just wish I had an opportunity to; I wish I had gotten a chance to appreciate him more when he was still around. Or thank him for everything he did.

What an amazing dude. I hope he's found peace somewhere he can keep kicking ass.

This is almost my experience. I was on holiday, needed something to listen to on iTunes and had never been on the website before, just heard that amazing voice of his. When Vinny broke the news on that podcast, I didn't really know what to think. Looking back now, with all the old quick lloks and podcasts I've went back to, I feel that I can finally (to some degree) appreciate the brilliant man that he was.

This is very similar to my experience as well. I was looking to buy P4G this week and was told by some of the community members to check out the Endurance run videos. Part 32 finds Vinny and Jeff being joined by Ryan, very funny. Spoiler : Ryan pops the beanbag chair sitting down to join his duders and then goes on to verse his confusion and overall aggravation with joining them in media res. I miss you too, duder.

Edited by m3phiz

I don't even know what to say. My condolences to his family and friends..

Posted by MasterWGS

Went back and listened to a bunch of the past Game of the Year podcasts over the last week.

Hearing Ryan again hit me like a ton of bricks. Not that I had forgotten him, but it was this "Oh man!" to immediate "Oh man..." moment.

My heart still goes out to his loved ones. As much as any of us miss him, I know the pain is exponentially worse for them.

Posted by coribald

Went back and listened to a bunch of the past Game of the Year podcasts over the last week.

Hearing Ryan again hit me like a ton of bricks. Not that I had forgotten him, but it was this "Oh man!" to immediate "Oh man..." moment.

My heart still goes out to his loved ones. As much as any of us miss him, I know the pain is exponentially worse for them.

Same thing here, came across a clip on youtube that I didn't realize had him in it. Amazing how it hits you.

Still miss him every time I come here. Hope it's getting easier for all those who were close to him.

Posted by act26

God fucking damn I love and miss this man. I can't recall ever watching or listening to Ryan and not ending up in absolutely hysterical laughter. So many memories.

My heart goes out to his wife, his family, and everyone that knew him personally. What a duder, may he rest in peace.

Posted by Feller13

I remember watching Jeff's reviews on Gamespot but never visited Giantbomb much until the past few months. Been watching old videos with Ryan, I'm sorry I missed all the fun you guys had over the years. He seems like a fucking great dude to have known. All the best to those he knew and loved. And all the best to Ryan Davis, wherever he may be.

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Posted by Hosstile17

Today I was taking a break at work and watched a couple episodes of TANG. I miss Ryan. He was a pretty amazing person and we are all better for having him waltz into our lives. It would have just been nice if it hadn't been such a short dance.

Edited by paulithon

I miss Ryan duders.

every video you ever made couldnt stop me giggling wildy in a heap on the floor... :(

Posted by Master_Funk

Every now and then when I have a free moment, I think of Ryan and the countless memories I have of him.

I miss him greatly , and hope he leaves an incredible legacy in the games industry.

Edited by mrfluke

listening to the Ryan Davis memorial podcast that the this year in podcast guy made, Really went from YEAAAAA to yea......

really do still miss ryan to all hell, gonna get that poster he signed framed.