Ryan Davis, 1979 - 2013
Ryan Davis passed away on July 3rd. He was 34.
Obviously we’re all stunned over here. Ryan was a good friend to all of us. It’s odd to remember that, for someone who could be so acerbic at times, and despite knowing him for almost a decade, I honestly don’t recall ever actually being mad at him. He had an unconventional type of kindness that expressed itself more strongly the longer one knew him, and despite his teasing nature, he always managed to make his close friends feel loved when his attention turned towards you.
Many of you know that Ryan was recently married. In the face of this awfulness, many of us will at least always remember him as we last saw him: outrageously, uproariously happy, looking forward to his next adventure with the biggest grin his face could hold.
The consolation we can feel from that is minuscule compared to the hole that Ryan’s absence will leave in our lives. That’s not a hole that is possible to fill; it’s just something that we’ll just have to get used to walking around with, and that will not happen for a long, long time.
Ryan was legitimately one awesome guy, who was funny as fuck, and just had a great sense for everything. To say I idolized him isn’t too far off.
I would bug the living shit out of him to give me game journalism advice. I was so fucking clueless and I thought someone I respected so much could give me all the answers I’d ever need.
It wasn’t very nice advice but it was humbling and really helped me out.
Rest in Peace, Duder.