Like many people familiar with games press, I was shocked by the early passing of GiantBomb.com’s Ryan Davis. Davis was only 34 and a newly-wed. I loved hearing him on the podcasts and on quick looks. His enthusiasm for video games and life in general was inspiring. As Ryan’s friend and colleague Jeff Gerstmann said on the podcast, life seemed to be there to amuse Ryan.
In fact, many of the tributes of Ryan are also tributes to his humor. With that in mind, I’ve decided that I wanted to compile some of the best Ryan Davis tributes here.
GiantBomb’s Facebook album has a wonderful collection of Ryan Davis art.
A Youtube user has done a Star Wars tribute with Ryan.
GameSpot did a video tribute from his time there.
Of course GiantBomb did their own video tribute, full of outtakes. They’ve also been posting their favorite Ryan related content all week, including his reaction to the Buckner and Garcia song “Found Me the Bomb.”
Ryan’s friend Dave Snider did a short writeup on the website thanksryan.com.
Harmonix did a long tribute to Ryan on their livestream, which was later archived.
A local California paper, the Press Democrat, did a three page obituary on him. While the family did not release the cause of death, they did saw it was of natural causes, and was peaceful.
In addition you can also see tweets from Ryan’s dad on Twitter, @mauleace.
His wife Anna’s Twitter account is @EnemyNanner.
The GiantBomb community Twitter feed @GiantBombSquad has also been posting tributes.
Kotaku did a tribute.
Polygon did as well.
Ryan’s friend Casey Malone did a tribute as well.
One GiantBomb user has written a good blog on grieving in the digital world. As someone who never met or talked with Ryan (minus a singular, tiny Twitter interaction), I can relate. It’s hard to express the loss I’ve been feeling. The sole consolation was that Ryan passed away at a time in his life where I have no doubt he was extremely happy-just married to a woman he loved, doing a job that he loved, and overall excited for life.
R.I.P. Ryan Davis, you’ll be missed by your friends, family, and digital friends and viewers; but you will live on in video and podcast form.
Got a favorite Ryan Davis memory? Or a favorite tribute to him?