I listened to the Ryan Davis memorial podcast and it was excellent.
As a gamer and listener I would like to share my viewing experience of Ryan Davis. I started watching GameSpot "On the spot" at some point. I remember I thought the show was really cool because of Rich Gallup being the "cool guy", Jeff Gertsmann being the "he knows" gaming guy and Greg Kasavin being the RPG guy. Ryan Davis was, for me at that time, just a background guy and I actually thought he seemed a bit uncomfortable at times.
The show was great for a while..., then Greg went, Rich went and at the end the "scandal" with Jeff happened. This is actually the point I really noticed Ryan Davis because I still remember hes nervous face on the first "On the spot" after Jeff left. I just thought to myself. "That guy is NOT happy... and right now that place is a shitty place to work".
The reason I point this out is because I didnt know Ryan and Jeff were such good friends and it was a surprise to me that he was going to join him on GiantBomb. On GiantBomb I think Ryan Davis blossomed. He just seemed way more relaxed, entertaining and confident. I didnt just go to the site for stuff Jeff said anymore, but for Ryan and crew as well. The podcast became ace under Ryan hosting abilities, but I also think he topped it of by indirectly "mentoring"/being a good wingman for a few of the others as well. Ryans flavor cant be replaced, but I think the Giantbomb crew now has a bigger assortment of other interesting flavors to keep the site and podcast entertaining in the future because of hes influence.
Regressing a bit I personally think GiantBomb was the best thing that ever happened to Ryan Davis, professionally at least. Compared to my first impression of him from back in the day to today I would just like to say as a viewer that:
At Giantbomb Ryan Davis seemed happy!
Rest in peace, dude :)