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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 Mus

I still miss you good sir.

Posted by Hailinel

Not sure how to bring this up, because I really don't want to be "that" guy. But @rorie, how much longer do you intend to keep this pinned in the forums? It's been over a year now.

I really, really hope that this doesn't come off as insensitive. I'm just curious.

Edited by Rorie

@hailinel: Pretty much forever as far as I'm concerned. But if anyone on staff eventually says it's time to let it go then we'll think about it.

Posted by Hailinel

@rorie said:

@hailinel: Pretty much forever as far as I'm concerned.

Cool. Thanks.

Posted by Slag

@rorie said:

@hailinel: Pretty much forever as far as I'm concerned. But if anyone on staff eventually says it's time to let it go then we'll think about it.

I hope you guys do leave it up so that future visitors to the site can learn what he meant to this place and to all of us.

Edited by outlawed

When I was very young, I lost all of my grandparents, but I didn't feel the extent of those emotions at that time, nor will I ever. I just didn't have a big emotional bond with them because I was so young.

2008 was the debut of the Arrow Pointing Down podcasts, which eventually became the Giant Bombcast. I've listened ever since, and I know I'll listen far into the future. Ryan was apart of something so special in my life at an important time for me. The bombcast was more than just a hobby podcast with knowledgeable hosts, it was like hanging out with a different group of friends than my usual circle. Filled with our own in-jokes and discussions that I never knew how important they were to me until Ryan's passing brought it into perspective.

I've gone through a very tough year since his passing, but it gets better every day. He was the first person in my life that passed away with me being older than 8. It hit me hard. That whole week I was a bit of a mess, but that's because he had such a profound, positive impact on my life. My wife at the time was unsure of how to console me, and I think she didn't quite understand how important he was in my life. I would spend at -least- 2-3 hours with him and the crew a week through the podcast, but so much more through the videos, livestreams, quicklooks, posts, tweets, you name it. Ryan was a true friend, even if we never met.

My wife and I have since divorced, and it has been a really hard time on me. Lots of things have changed around in my life, but I'm working through them. The bombcast was with me through the past 6 years and always helped me through tough times, this year included.

Like many here, I will never forget you Ryan. You were an amazing man to have spent so much of my time with, and I miss the heck out of you. We're all lucky that so much of your great personality is alive and well on film. Keep being you, wherever you are.

Edited by Vahleticar

I remember pacing up and down my flat trying not to cry part of me was in denial

Posted by bluefish

It's weird listening to podcasts and getting to know people who won't ever know you. Or maybe it's not, maybe it's like listening to a radio host for a decade and being honestly sad at their death. Anyway, my perspective is the same as so many here. He was a sweet guy and a was pretty stunned when I saw the story of his death. I remember it was about 3am and I felt like my heart stopped for a second. I'm not much of a weeping type but I produced a tear or two and I still miss him on the site.

I didn't parade it around or anything but in talking to others they didn't really get how you can develop a one sided friendship with dudes on a podcast. So yea, shits sad.

Just sayin'

Posted by Captainlunchbox

I know he wouldn't approve of me being sad- but just hearing him speak or watching videos of him makes me laugh again.

Thanks, Ryan. Miss you much.

Posted by PimblyCharles

This brought pure tears of joy to these eyes. Couldn't let a gem like this go unnoticed by people that may have missed it.

Thank you Ryan and Dave.

Posted by PCWV

@hailinel said:

@rorie said:

@hailinel: Pretty much forever as far as I'm concerned.

Cool. Thanks.

Thank you for asking this question. I had hoped this would be the answer, thanks @rorie

Posted by OneFreeman

Just watching the Far Cry 3 / Syndicate TNT from June 2012 and jesus fucking christ I miss Ryan. Just had to come here and say that.

Posted by SkipperSonne

I was wondering if there was a place where I can say that I miss Ryan Davis. Glad to see that it's here.

I fucking miss Ryan Davis.

Posted by JimiPeppr
Edited by Brodehouse

I just resubscribed and Ryan Davis' ghostly voice thanked me and now I feel strange.

Edited by HeartbreakRidge

I still love listening to the Bombcast and watching the video content, and I welcome the endearing oddities of the new staff members, but it's not the same without Ryan (I mean, how could it be?). I still miss you @taswell, and as long as the site exists, so should this thread.

Posted by Shoeless

This quote from Mike Rowe seems to fit perfectly how I and a lot of the community feel about Ryan, god damn his laugh was amazing.

"Some people enter our lives and become benchmarks in ways we don't realize. Then they exit, and we struggle. Sometimes, those people are high-school buddies, and sometimes, they're strangers who somehow felt like friends. Either way, it sucks when they go." -Mike Rowe

Posted by zeshakag

Miss you Ryan.

Posted by HyBound

I have to admit, Ryan is one of those people that no matter how much time goes by, no matter how non-existent my time knowing him, I will miss that beautiful bastard until I pass myself. If I feel this much for someone I've never met and someone who never knew who I was I can only imagine what he meant to the people who knew him. We'll always miss you Ryan. You will always be a part of all of us.

Edited by jakers11

Was just looking through some old pictures and saw a picture of myself with Ryan. Meeting Ryan at PAX Prime 2012, my year was made. It was surreal. Talked to him for a good 15 minutes or so . He was so easy to talk to, he made it seem like you had been friends since childhood. I'm a pretty big guy but Ryan absolutely wrapped me up when I got the picture with him. Once an arm was around you, you were locked in to that sweaty blue polo shirt. Roll around to last year's PAX Prime. Thinking back to that 10 minute standing ovation for Ryan still gets me emotional, knowing that everyone would have stood there clapping for an hour more makes it that much more special.

Posted by fuzzybunny566

I've been listening to all their E3 Bombcasts from 2008-2012 over the past month or two, and I am constantly reminded of how awesome Ryan was as a host, especially with large groups of drunkards. He could seamlessly go from restoring order to issuing a sick burn to a guest in such a genius way. Truly a master of his craft.

Edited by HellknightLeon

So I just wanted to say... "I fucking miss Ryan" again. One day, one year.... its all the same... I still can't understand it.

I know I've done this a few times but... "This one is for you Ryan"(sorry its not a PBR)and I hope you know how much we miss you.

Love you duder.(God it still hurts)

Also @rorie don't ever unpin this, fuck whatever @hailinel said... we need this. (I under stand he was just asking... but fuck that question)

Posted by CitizenCoffeeCake

Just dropping in to say I love Ryan Davis and he's still bringing me joy all the time as I go back and watch old videos and listen to podcasts. I hope the crew eventually does a show where they just play some of his favorite games and stuff (I know it may take a while for them to be comfortable with that or maybe they never will be and that's ok too).

Posted by magus213

I still miss Ryan. I hope this thread sticks around forever.

Posted by Beinhart

Still missing his giggle

Edited by Blargonaut

Watching PAX stuff and just started missing Ryan. Let's keep this thread going forever!

Edited by Areian

Just saw the PAX panel, and began missing him. Rest in peace, Rayn. You are missed!

Posted by Camling

Yep, still teary-eyed when reading all this :'-)

Edited by One_who_knocks_

@camling: Same here, after hearing about his passing through sites I finally checked out Giantbomb. He brought me to this site and to this great group of guys. Thank you Ryan. Ive been through the old podcasts several times. He was such a good dude.

Posted by reefinyateef

Beautiful thread. I just bought a premium membership recently and I got a lot of joy out of reading through these posts.

Posted by abomunist

Still miss his presence. Respect.

Posted by VikingRk

I honestly still have a hard time accepting that he's actually gone.

Posted by Lando81

Missing this duder a lot lately.

Posted by Stimpack

@rorie: I hope you do keep it pinned forever. Ryan was and still is a big part of the website. I hope that every new member coming in here goes back and watches the endless hours of entertainment that he provided. Giant Bomb wouldn't be where it is without Ryan, and he deserves a prominent place on these forums.

Anyway, that's just how I see it. We still miss you, big guy.

Edited by Ninja

I've started a masters course at a new University at a new city and I've been overcome with loneliness. Listening to Ryan on the bombcast, as always, helps me get through tough situations. I miss him.

Posted by Jared

The only way I can sum up how much I miss Ryan is that I've never missed someone this much that I've never met. Between listening to the newest Bombcasts I've been listening to older ones with Ryan again simply because its so entertaining with him as the host.

Posted by RichyHahn4

Glad to see this is still growing, its inspiring how one person can bring so many people together

R.I.P. good sir

Edited by groposo

I still miss you a lot Papa Bear. Hope you're listening to some summer jams wherever you are.

Edited by MOAB
Edited by Linkster7

I really miss Ryan today

Edited by Out_On_Bail

I've been absent from the website for a good while, only just recently logging back in. About 2 months ago I started listening to the podcasts again and have been wondering what happened to Ryan. I saw a link today to this article while reading some random review and has to double take.

This is very sad news, I know I'm late to realize this, especially by Internet standards, but RIP Ryan, you will be missed.

A quote I tend to live by that I learned while recovering from my losses while in the army: tour never really dead until you are forgotten. Luckily Ryan will be immortal in regards to that.

Posted by AuthenticM

@rorie said:

@hailinel: Pretty much forever as far as I'm concerned. But if anyone on staff eventually says it's time to let it go then we'll think about it.

It should be left pinned up for ever.

Edited by Legion_

Ryan Davis is still one of the coolest dudes ever.

Edited by Guesty_01

The legend will live forever.

Posted by brophdog

Does anyone remember what episode of The Point had the Ryan Davis segment at the end. Im having trouble finding it.