By MjHealy 0 Comments
I know many others have said their piece, but I'd like to add to the tribute to the one Ryan Davis.
What an incredibly emotional day in the history of Giant Bomb (dot) com. We been through and seen a lot over the years but this out-strips all others by a mile. There have been many crazy events over the years: the hiring of Vinny and Brad, the Endurance Run, the Matrix Online stuff, Premium stuff, Patrick arriving, the CBS acquisition and the disappearance of Dave and Patrick. I followed Ryan and the gang back in the Gamespot days (I got into their stuff right as Rich left, so I was a bit late to the party. I've listened to all the "good" HotSpots plenty of times, mind you) and followed them ever since their second Arrow Pointing Down podcast over to Giant Bomb. I vividly remember my excitement when I heard that Jeff and Ryan have finally set up shop and started a new podcast after "Gerstmann-gate". And it was so good. So good. Giant Bomb appeared from there along with Brad and Vinny and (eventually) Patrick et al. It's insane to look back over those years and think that the man who has been at the core of it all; he is no longer with us.
As many have said, it was a testament to who Ryan was that he could be so many people's friend without ever meeting the guy. I've never even been near the guy but I feel like I've lost a great friend, regardless. From now back to early '08, Ryan and Giant Bomb have seen me through my teenage years. Here I am now, at the footstep of going to college, and we have lost such an incredible person. I've only ever known him though years of camera and audio work (I can even comprehend how much of my life I have spent on watching him or hearing his voice) but he was such an effortlessly funny guy, with an incredible ability of being biting yet lovable at the same time. I was shocked when I saw the news on the site's homepage. The news was about 15 minutes old and I really believed I have mis-read something. I thought he had left the site/or it was some kind of silly joke by Matt Rorie. But now, depressingly, it certainly is no joke.
But there is one thing we can all do: look back over and celebrate the life and times of Ryan T. Davis. Over these next few days myself, personally, will be looking over many hours of incredible entertainment associated with Ryan. "Fucking Devastation" barely even covers it. I can't comprehend nor believe what I have witnessed today. I can't even believe I am saying this but but: rest in peace Ryan Davis-- you sir were a shining light in this industry and in my life. My thoughts are with his family, friends and, I'm sure, his devastated newly-wed wife.