Thanks For Everything, Ryan. I'll Miss You.

I met Ryan Davis through mutual friends in the early 2000's, hanging out at house parties and poker games. I was fresh out of high school, and Ryan was kicking off a career at Gamespot. He moved to San Francisco, and I went to Los Angeles to work a bit, and although I wouldn't see him again for, maybe 5 years, I would often check in on him through Gamespot videos. It was a blast watching one of my funniest friends, on camera for this "internet video" thingy. He was an absolute joy to be around, and all that joy came through video so naturally.

After a while, I moved back up to Northern California and was freelancing here and there, and working some part time jobs -- overall, it was a rough time. I wasn't where I wanted to be professionally, and I was depressed.

I came across a craigslist add regarding a video spot at Whiskey Media and when I looked up the company I realized it was the home Ryan's new site -- Giant Bomb. Now, I'm usually really reluctant to ping friends about favors, so I worded an email -- or maybe it was an XBOX live message, I can't remember -- to Ryan expressing my interest in the position, but at the same time, it would be completely understandable if he didn't feel comfortable passing my resume along. Even though we were friends, we have never worked together professionally. The only thing about video he knew from me, were some goofy videos I made, and I didn't want to put him in a weird situation.

However, I got a message back saying, "Sure! Send your resume and reel over to me!"

After some interviews, and a trial employment period, I found myself full time at Whiskey Media. I would then meet a ton of really great, really talented people that I would soon come to consider my family. I got to learn a ton of stuff, work on fun projects, and do something for a living that I was excited about. My life kind of turned around, and this was really all thanks to Ryan, and the leap of faith he took on me. I would get to work with him a lot more over the next couple years, and would soon consider him one my closer friends.

The Whiskey Split was one of those bitter sweet events. Although I was presented with the opportunity to work in some exciting new grounds with Tested, I was parting ways professionally with a big chunk of people that were really important to me. The last few days of Whiskey as we're taking apart the office, separating stuff, and getting ready for this new venture, Ryan sat down one last time in the live set host chair (the one used for Happy Hours and TNT's), knowing that this was the last time he would sit there. Me, feeling a little emotional about all this, sat to talk with him; before we parted ways, I wanted to make sure he knew how grateful and appreciative I was. How that I understood the importance and weight of his recommendation, and how that, thanks to him, I had a job I was excited about, and new friends I cared about.

He humbly shrugged it off and simply said, "I just made the introduction, it was all you from there." Ryan was always a super kind dude to me.

I told him I was going to miss working with him, and he assured me that we would probably work together again in the future. And we got to, if only for a week at E3 2013. It'd been year since we last worked together, but it felt natural, like old times -- it was a total blast.

He was an intensely fun guy, who was deeply loved by many. It's painful to think that he's not going to be just down the street anymore, or talking nonsense in a little video player, just a url away. My last memory of him is a good one. Ryan Davis, at his wedding, dancing, laughing, soaking wet, singing, surrounded by friends and family, ecstatic with joy and happiness.

I'll miss you, buddy.

My thoughts go out to his friends, family, his lovely wife Anna, and the Giant Bomb crew.

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Posted by FinalDasa

Well said. I didn't realize you had known him for so long.

And I love the idea of sending him an Xbox Live message to inquire about a job :D

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Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Aaron_G

Wonderful.

Posted by Mercy_

And here come the sniffly tears again.

This was beautiful and just yet another highlight of how truly well thought of Ryan was by pretty much everybody whose life he had touched.

Posted by ashkev

Thanks for that

Posted by Hoffafiles

<> RIP

Posted by wrecks

Another cool story about a great guy. So sorry you lost your friend.

Edited by PerryVandell

Thank you, Joey.

Edited by mrfluke

thank you sir

Posted by ManlyBeast

-_-

Posted by Milkman

I had no idea who knew him for so long. I'm so sorry, Joey. We're all gonna miss him.

Posted by Coafi

Thanks for sharing, Joey. This just shows how kind and humble Ryan was.

Posted by clumsyninja1

GG

Edited by NegativeCero

Your blog post is more helpful than you know. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Posted by Brewmaster_Andy

Joey, I never would have been put in touch with you if it wasn't for Ryan. I'm glad to know he had such an impact.

Posted by tyxja

God dammit, here comes the tears again. Beautiful words, Joey.

Posted by Disaya

Thanks for sharing this, it was great and sweet to read about you and him. I'm sorry.

Posted by kollay

Thought my eyes have run dry already, but guess not.

Posted by illmatic19

This was great, thanks for sharing it with us Joey.

Edited by MightyDuck

Thanks for sharing Joey!

Posted by Phatmac

Ryan Davis was truly kind. Thanks for this Joey. Gonna miss Ryan. :(

Posted by buzz_clik

Great stuff, Joey. Thanks so much for this.

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Posted by csl316

Good stuff, Joey.

The more people write out these personal anecdotes, the more you get a sense that Ryan was just a super cool, really good duder.

Posted by AceOfMasta

Just when I thought the waterworks were going to stop, here I go again...

Posted by Lanechanger

And here I thought my eyes were done getting teary :*(

Thanks for sharing this Joey. It's great to get all these intimate moments that people have shared with Ryan and it's great to hear each instance of that dude's kindness and respect towards everyone he's come across.

Posted by Flameinc

Thanks for sharing that man.

Posted by wchigo

Thank you for sharing Joey, and I can't imagine how you must be feeling right now. Your words, especially about the Whiskey split and hoping to one day be able to work with Ryan again... the tears have returned.

Cheers Joey, wish you the best.

Posted by GaspoweR

<> Joey :)

Posted by erinfizz

Thank you for sharing.

Posted by Aleryn

Thanks, Joey. This and the community et all is helping a lot.

Posted by EquitasInvictus

Wow, that was incredible. I, too, didn't know your history with him, so this was a really good read. Thanks.

Posted by amlabella

Thanks for sharing Joey, reading stories like this has made the day a bit easier to digest.

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Posted by Strife777

I didn't know you guys were acquainted before Whiskey Media. Thank you for sharing, very touching.

Edited by DutchMeat

Thanks Joey. Seriously.

Posted by Hardtarget

amazing post Joey, thank you for sharing.

Posted by 137

It's hard not to get all teary eyed about someone I've never met but hold in such high regard.

Posted by ironapollo

Condolences, he will be missed.

Posted by Tondo

Damn, I'm speechless. Thanks for sharing Joey.

Posted by Dross

Thanks Joey.

Edited by Bunnyman

Thanks, Joey!

Posted by radioactivez0r

As tragic as the whole thing is, it's comforting in some way that the last time a lot of people saw him was probably the happiest day of his life and that's what will be remembered.

Posted by sk0ney

this is so brutal..

Posted by NicksCorner

Thanks for sharing Joey.

Posted by Sanj

Thank you for sharing, Joey.

Posted by Dextermon

Thats a great story Joey, thanks for sharing

Posted by Milpool

Thanks for sharing, Joey.

Edited by dannyodwyer

Thanks for sharing your story, wonderful stuff

Posted by BonOrbitz

Thanks for the touching stories, Joey.

Posted by Accolade

Well shared.

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