By FinalDasa 10 Comments
In late 2008 I was not in a great place in my life. I had just gone through a breakup and was on the tail end of an discouraging job. I was faced with a familiar place psychologically and that was depression. I wasn't unstable and I wasn't in need of serious help, I was simply sad and unhappy with where I was. In my spare time between making sandwiches and playing some video games I began looking for a place online to put my time into. One of those places was the iTunes list of video game podcasts.
I had always been interested in video games but never was able to dive too deep into the business or enthusiast side of things until college. After listening to a handful of shows I stumbled upon only one really stuck out with a level of energy and enthusiasm that I was drawn to. That energy was led by Ryan Davis, the first voice you hear on most Giant Bombcasts, who drew me into the site itself. Soon I was an avid user watching the Persona 4 endurance run daily and burning through the older Bombcasts eventually reaching Arrow Pointing Down.
Eventually I was a user and then a member. I explored the site itself and eventually discovered Comic Vine and Anime Vice. When they launched I tried out Tested and then Screened. In particular Screened was a place I rediscovered my love of movies and TV and could openly express it. In what all seems like one big blur I was a moderator and now community manager. Quite simply Giant Bomb led me to a paid position at a Whiskey Media website.
I never met Ryan Davis, nor any of the Whiskey Media family of staff. But each one of them has gotten me through some good days and some bad days with a smile. They've challenged me to think of the things I love differently and did it in a way that entertained me. So I'm taking this moment, albeit way too late, to give one big thank you to those of you in front of, and behind of, the cameras at Giant Bomb for years of smiles and laughter.
I apologize, this was more stream of conscious rather than well thought out. I'll miss Ryan Davis and owe him more than a thank you.