I don't know that I have anything to actually say today. I just need to type something so I can not think about it too much.
I never met Ryan Davis. I never shook his hand or gave him a hug. I never spent a day playing video games at his house or making jokes with him. I never even corresponded with him via email. But Ryan Davis was my friend... and I will miss him.
I work a job, like many of you I'm sure, that is not fun. It pays well, the hours suck and it offers no room to be creative. For 2 or 3 hours a week though, I get to listen to duders talk about the hobby I indulge in the second I get home. Now, that conversation will be missing a key voice, the anchor, the ersatz leader, if only because he introduced the show and kept it on track week in and week out. Ryan Davis was my friend and I will miss him.
I have been to every gaming site I know and seen that the whole gaming community knew Ryan and loved him deeply. If you haven't read it, Greg Miller at IGN posted one that shows Ryan's influence went far beyond the games journalist world. Anyone who knows the Harmonix community knows how many times Ryan turned up to judge Rock Band nights at PAX East. Ryan was a friend. We'll all miss him.
My condolences and sympathies go to his co-workers, his friends, his family, his tragically short lived wife, who is now a widow who must go on without him and anyone who knew him or met him or wanted to. It's just a post on a gaming website, a blog that will be forgotten in a day, maybe a week if I'm lucky, but it's one of the most difficult things I've ever had to write. It's said that no one truly dies until they are forgotten. Never forget Ryan Davis, because China don't care. Because he tried breast milk live on stage. Because a bat beats a knife. Because he was our friend and we miss him.
Rest in peace, Ryan.
In Memorium, Ryan Davis, 1979-2013