I would have never thought I would be so absolutely shattered by the passing of a person that I've never met.
The more I thought about it, the more I started to realize why that was.
Ryan, and indeed the rest of the Giantbomb crew, have invited us into their lives. We are friends whether they know/interact with us or not. By being so open, honest, and frank they allow us to feel like we are their close friends. The microphones and cameras just become surrogates for actually being there.
While I enjoy the video game content, I've become more enthralled with their personal adventures. Over the last few years I've experienced their lives along with them. I've listened to them more than some of my closest friends. They were there to keep me entertained on a long drive, or help me get through endless nights of work. I always keep a few favourite cuts around to listen to if I need a laugh.
I've never met or even talked to them, but the Giantbomb crew are my friends. The loss of Ryan is the loss of a friend. The amount of joy Ryan exported into the world will not be easily replaced.
Ryan, I'll miss you.
To the rest of the Crew: Keep on keepin' on. We are here with you.
I've also been somewhat surprised by the affect this has had on me. I've followed the Giant Bomb crew since the GameSpot days and have always looked forward to the next podcast to hear what they've been up to. The post above is exactly what I wanted to say, nice one mscott7426. It actually made me realize just why I've been a bit blank for the past few days. I'd really like to know how he died as it's a part of the grieving process and just hearing that he died isn't enough for me to make sense of it all. I absolutely respect that if Giant Bomb don't want to release the details then fair enough but there are people out here who would like to hear the details at some point so that we can begin to come to grips with this. It is just so sudden. My heart goes out to Anna, I can't imagine what she's going through right now and to the rest of the Giant Bomb crew who have become like a bunch of friends I tune into to see what they're up to. Ryan, I'll really miss you and if they're is a bar in heaven, knock God's glasses over the bar and say "too soon Duder!".