Published on July 8th, 2013 | by Christian0
Ryan Davis – King of Tuesdays
Today I was stunned and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Ryan Davis, one of the founding figures of Giant Bomb. Ryan died last week of unspecified causes, just a few days after his wedding. He was 34 years old. A range of emotions washed over me upon seeing the news on NeoGAF this afternoon, making it difficult to do anything but get swept along in the mourning process that overtook the GAF thread, Twitter, and Giant Bomb. Shock and disbelief came first, maybe with a bit of anger at a world that could take a guy not much older than me when he should be enjoying the best time of his life, but it wasn’t until I saw this tweet from fellow Giant Bomber Vinny Caravella that I had to step away from my PC lest I lose my shit at work. As I sit here writing this, it is clear to me that I lost a good friend last week. Even though we never met in person, and in fact only shared a very brief and awkward deer in the headlights stare in front of the Bioshock Infinite photo display at PAX East, Ryan had become an important part of my life over the past 4 years.
People who know me are probably aware that I LOVE video games. I LOVE them. They are one of my favorite things. I’ve been a gamer for as long as I can remember, probably close to 24 of my 30 years on this planet. It is only within the last few years though, that I’ve really started looking at them critically and have been trying to figure out why they affect me the way they do, and what they can teach me about myself and the world around me. During that time, Ryan and the other crew on the Bombcast have been there to guide me on my journey to understand games a bit better.
Another passion of mine that might be less obvious is exercise, and this oddly enough is where I got to know Ryan and the rest of the Giant Bomb crew. Over the past 4 years they have been constant companions with me on literally thousands of miles run and biked. For hours each week, I’ve had Ryan’s caustic attitude and infectious laughter filling my ears while running through stinging snow storms or biking across searing pavement during 100 degree weather with tropical humidity. This combination of video games and exercise has consistently provided me with happiness, relaxation, and entertainment that have helped me through rough times and put a big fat exclamation point on good times.
The fact that I’ll never be able to hear Ryan say, “Hey everybody it’s Tuesday” again while I clip into the pedals of my bike or lace up my running shoes is something that is very saddening to me. Right now I’m not even sure that I want to hear a discussion about Saints Row IV that doesn’t include Ryan. I love both of these things, video games and exercise, and from today on out I along with tons of fans across the world have no choice but to go on enjoying the things we love without him. We all lost a good friend last week, and while it’s small consolation, his passing is at least a reminder to live life to the fullest every day and enjoy those things we love. Again, I never met him in person so I can’t be sure, but I’m pretty confident that’s what he would have wanted.