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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 tysonwritesel

Happy Birthday, Ryan! Still think about you and miss you every day.

Posted by White
Posted by metalhammer

I think I first came to GB in around April / May of last year so never had the attachment that some do to Ryan. Having watched all manner of QL's, listened to old Bombcasts and alike, I can see why he was so treasured by his colleagues and the community.

Strangely, Ryan's passing pushed me into becoming a premium subscriber and I felt compelled to use the site more and more - if anything the first Bombcast when they got the whole crew together to talk about Ryan was when I became a GB addict; these were real people, with real stories to tell.

I feel selfishly sad that I never truly got to see him "in the moment" as others did but feel extremely grateful that so much amazingly entertaining and amusing content is archived.

So Happy Birthday to you Ryan - just one piece of ice, right? Cheers.

Posted by Hassun

Time to pour yourself a glass of your finest whiskey.

Posted by JoelHulsey

I didn't realize today was his birthday. The world has just been more... grey since Ryan passed. I still just can't believe it happened. Like all of us, I just want him to be back.

Posted by Brenderous
Edited by Blair

Happy birthday Mr. Ryan Davis. Miss you lots buddy.

The summer jams are cranked up REAL loud for you today.

Posted by ADAMWD

Happy birthday to the eternal duder

Posted by Abendlaender

Happy Birthday Ryan....:'(

Posted by thevigilanteoflove

Happy birthday buddy. I miss you every Tuesday.

Posted by NoobSauceG7

Happy Birthday Ryan. The best guy I never met.

Edited by Hassun

Thanks to the Dan Teasdale and everyone else making Roundabout

Posted by ShaggE

Happy birthday, ol' bean.

Posted by Shorty

Happy birthday, Ryan.

I'm having a nip of Glenlivet 12 while I crank out his REALEST SUMMERJAMS on Spotify.

We miss you, man.

Posted by TimesHero
Posted by Adrian79

Pouring a sip of breast milk on the concrete for the greatest friend I never had. R.I.P Ryan Davis you are missed every single day. Happy Birthday duder

Posted by Barrier

I can't believe it's almost been a year. Happy Birthday Duder. I never met you, but you had a profound impact on my life, and still do.

I made this video in his memory. I hope it's as dumb as he would want it to be.

Edited by ArtelinaRose

It's your birthday again, Ryan. I wish I could afford to get you something, but times are rough in the Lina Rose household.

I'm sorry I never appreciated you while you were here. I'm sorry.

Posted by Billy_Ray_Valentine

Happy Birthday, Ryan! We miss you, Papa Bear!

Posted by Wicked_Wumpus

Happy Birthday Ryan! And a big, FUCK YOU! as well.

Edited by YoThatLimp

Happy Birthday duder!

Edited by BradBrains

no bourbon unforttunaly but a beer for mr.davis.

been listening to old podcasts and one starts with "This is ryan david speaking from the dead" i guess hes still trolling from the beyond ahaha

Posted by Hunter5024

Noticed it was Ryan's birthday as I was filling out my schedule at work this morning. Never got to meet you, but I still miss the hell outta you!

Posted by behardy

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Edited by AlwaysBeClothing

One of my favorite Ryan Davis moments, Happy Birthday you big ol Taswell

Posted by PureInvasion

Missed the b-day by an hour (EST time)...

Hope you're enjoying it...wherever you are :)

Posted by alishcra

Happy birthday Ryan. Thank you for the memories

Posted by Mikemcn

Ryan always brought the best E3 guests, we'll miss him at E3.

Edited by Accolade

Happy Birthday Ryan

Posted by StriderNo9

Happy Birthday Ryan!

Posted by StriderNo9

On a sidenote, I know Jeff has mentioned, back when Ryan passed, that he would have something to say but now was not the time, but I don't think that ever happened. Ryan and Jeff were such close friends and Jeff is such a protected person when it comes to his feelings on personal matters, I was always intrigued by what he had to say, I wish he did write something. Of course he doesn't have to, how he feels is personal but it doesn't mean I don't want to hear how he feels, I feel like a lot of us could and would relate well.

Posted by vegetashonor

Happy b day big guy. Miss you bro.

Posted by Diachron

Happy Birthday, Ryan. Still miss you every week.

Posted by scottp

It's going to be a sad E3 without you, we all know that you will be there in spirit. Miss you duder :(

Posted by ColonelXanders

Dear Ryan!

I'm watching the 'How to build a bomb' series right now. Man, I didn't quite appreciate that you had to build Giant Bomb entirely yourselves, or at least what that doing that was actually like.

Good times.

Posted by Wicked_Wumpus

@striderno9: Jeff got a similar question on his Tumblr and answered that he basically said what he was going to say on the podcast that they did.

Edited by Fattony12000

Missing you this E3, duder!

Posted by jNerd

I want to leave my belated birthday wishes with Ryan. I love you man and you're missed everyday; especially E3. You're part of the universe again, and live on in all of our hearts. Every Tuesday I hear your voice in my head (: You'll never be forgotten.

Posted by vikingdeath1

Those E3 press conferences just weren't the same without you duder, Last year you were god damn hilarious, i'll never forget it!

Edited by Sin4profit

Was watching this Doublefine video, take note of the button by Tim's left hand.

pretty cool.

Posted by Bigheart711

It still feels quite horrible losing him like that, but I'll still miss him dearly. Happy Belated Birthday, Ryan. I still miss you.

Posted by Apparatus_Unearth

For some reason I was thinking he was already gone before E3 last year. Listening to that stuff with it in mind that it's their first E3 without him is a real bummer.

Edited by KaneRobot

I'm not convinced that Ryan's passing wasn't just the first early step in the ongoing Giant Bomb expansion.

East Coast

West Coast

Other Realm.

Posted by digitaldemigod


Kinect Adventures QL was one of my favorite moments of Ryan.

Posted by Djnuttty

Ryan died on my birthday which is coming around again soon. My 18th birthday as well. Needless to say I will never fucking forget it. Still sad as fuck nearly a year later.

Posted by Demoskinos

So July 3rd is rapidly approaching. And a dumb idea just popped in my head. What if every year on July 3rd to commemorate Ryan's passing we do something dumb that he would have loved namely flushing a pie. I think think its exactly the kind of memorial Ryan would want. Not being serious and down but laughing our asses off at flushing a pie.

Posted by tysonwritesel

Missing you, Ryan.

Posted by Monkeyman04

It's almost the one year anniversary and I thought I should post this since this is one of the only songs I hear that I think about you. Miss you man.

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Posted by amirite

So I haven't gotten super into the GB forums yet, despite following the site for many years... It'll happen eventually, its just one of nthose things I feel I need to invest time in. Ever since Ryan died, it's been extra hard because every time I click the Forums link at the top of the page, I come to this thread.

Just wanted to post that I'm thinking about Ryan today. And also that Rorie's words always strike me as so perfect every time I frequent this thread. Its like the perfect words to describe that man's unbelievable character and acknowledging his love of fun at the same time. Perfect balance. Makes me feel warm and sad every time, which is how I think I should feel.