I found out about the news thru Reddit, I just had a glimpse of the text and I said very loudly BULL FUCKING SHIT !.... Then I went immediately to giantbomb.com then... I coudnt believe it and still can't believe it.....
I've been listening to Ryan talk about video games for almost a decade (I think). I was going to meet him and Jeff at PAX Melbourne next week. I just wanted to say what an inspiration he has been in my life and I'l never forget his efforts, attitude and damm fucking fantastic vocabulary.
Rest in peace
Only found out today and am devastated, I said this under the recent bombcast and want to say it again. I didn't know Ryan but listening to the cast all these years he and his compatriots have enriched my life and got me through some hard times. Love to all you guys and stay strong.
This is the first time I have ever felt a sense of loss for someone I have never met. I feel like Ryan was a part of my life for the past few years. I will truly miss his voice and mourn the passing of my "friend".
To everyone at Giant Bomb and his new wife I give you my most heartfelt condolences.
Yesterday I created a thread here to let what I feel about this out of my system. After that I felt better and in peace with all of it. Today, after listening to the podcast and with the passing of time waking me to the idea that we'll never see Ryan again, I feel like shit...
I think I need a hug...
I start listening to the Giant Bomb podcast regularly just a few months ago, and I absolutely fell in love with the conversations you guys had, partly because of the joy and energy that Ryan brought to the table. Giant Bomb just won't be the same without Ryan, and holy shit, 34 is way too soon to go.
R.I.P. Ryan Davis
You could do a lot worse in picking a group of make-believe friends, IMO.
Truthfully, these dudes put so much of themselves on here, that it's not terribly difficult to feel like we've gotten to know them.
So...fine. Yeah. Fair. I like to think of them as my pretend friends.
I wrote that the other day in the Patrick Chicago Sendoff Video thread. I was wrong. They're not pretend friends. They're friends. Period.
I've been a lurker now for many years at GB but never till now did i feel the desire to create an account. I did so just so i could wish my condolences to Ryan's family and everybody at the site. I've listened to countless hours of podcasts and watched probably every quicklook since 2009. I love this website and Ryan was always at the crux of it. It's odd how someone you've never met can feel so much like a friend. I know GiantBomb will soldier on but i feel like this will mark an era for me and, I'm sure, everybody eles.
RIP Ryan. you leave a very big piece of hole in our daily routine now. Thank you for the countless hours of laughter & insight you brought over the years on Giantbomb & gamspot before that. I'd have expected the journey to last much longer, it ended too soon.
Condolences to the bomb crew & his family.
When I first saw this, everything in my being would have preferred this to be the worst joke Giant Bomb had pulled than what it really was. I refused to believe the sincere news as it was posted.
I had almost caught up with my second run through listening to the bombcasts, too. I might have to listen through them all again now.
We will all miss you, Ryan.
When I first saw the news yesterday, like many of you, I hoped against hope that it was a joke. After confirming it on several various news sites, I spent the rest of the day waiting to wake up out of this strange and terrible dream. A day later, it still feels as surreal and saddening as it did when I first heard about it.
I've listened to the Bombcast since the very beginning, and to the HotSpot before that. Even though my taste in games differs from Ryan's considerably, I've always respected his opinion and found him to be the best host of any podcast I've ever listened to. I've listened to his voice for thousands of hours of my life, and every time I think that I'll never hear it again except in old podcasts, I start crying a little.
I've had a Giant Bomb account for years now, but I believe this is the first time I've ever been compelled to comment. Ryan Davis, I'll miss you, you magnificent bastard. You left us all too soon.
I alternate between blubbering laughter and shuddering tears. I almost met Ryan at PAX Prime a few years back. He seemed busy and I was a little star struck, so I decided to not intrude. I have spent hundreds of hours listening to, reading and enjoying the man Ryan was. Many others have said it better than I can, but somehow, despite it being one-sided, I feel I have lost a friend. It is hard to understand, much less explain, but the loss is real. Thank you Ryan for sharing yourself, your love for life and all the Dumb. My thoughts are with his family and friends, my deepest condolences to you. Thanks Ryan.
I also thought it was a gag headline, maybe worst case scenario was Ryan was quitting Giant Bomb. Of course it turned out to be far worse.
I was really worried for Ryan when I saw him twittering about sleep apnea and having to wear that mask device. But he packed more living into those 34 years than any of us will in our entire lives.
Profoundly sorry for your loss. Very young, and a more unfortunate timing I would struggle to think of.
I genuinely think Ryan was my single favorite presenter in any medium.
I think his art was in the fact that while obviously being a very capable anchor for any forum I ever saw him in, he always made it look like it was all just effortless banter between friends. That ability to make anything an occasion without any feeling that he was actively trying to be entertaining. Tracy Chapman with a beard basically.
As other's have mentioned it's an odd sensation - podcasting is such an intimate media, I'm feeling a genuine loss.I happened across Ryan hosting Gamespot's 'On The Spot' only about a month or two before Ryan left to come on board with Giant Bomb (Or Arrow Pointing Down for those that remember). I certainly followed him over across the sites - like you say, he had
I think his real trick was to convince the audience that he was trying to entertain himself first if you know what I mean.
Thoughts to you guys, and particularly his wife. Madness, and very sad.
I'm going to very much miss miss my one way window into his stupid furry brain.
Ryan's REALEST OF SUMMERJAMS is the best thing ever and have been added to my own spotify.
Ryan was one of those people whose enthusiasm was infectious, and always seemed genuine. He could drag me in and get me engaged with things I would otherwise never care about. I don't understand entirely why his loss has devastated me so thoroughly, yet it has, and I cannot imagine what those who actually knew and were close to him are feeling.