Ryan Davis, Giant Bomb Co-Founder, Dies At 34
Ryan Davis, a pioneer of the gaming industry who co-founded Giant Bomb, died on July 3 of unknown causes. He was 34.
“Obviously we’re all stunned over here,” wrote Matthew Rorie on the Giant Bomb website. “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.”
Davis’ legacy in the gaming industry can be traced back to his start at GameSpot in 2000. In his eight years there, he wrote game reviews and co-hosted Time Trotters and On the Spot, and served as the editor. He left GameStop to cofound Giant Bomb in 2008. In just three short years, Giant Bomb made Time magazine’s list of the year’s top 50 websites.
After word spread of Davis' death, Twitter messages of condolences, with words of respect and admiration for the late young man, broke out.
Imagine a game where a much loved person in the industry suddenly left us. RIP Ryan Davis 1979 – 2013
— petermolydeux (@PeterMolydeux) July 8, 2013
I never knew @taswell to do a single thing that made anyone sad. So let's celebrate all the fun and joy he gave us. It will always be there.
— Gary Whitta (@garywhitta) July 8, 2013
Every time I saw Ryan Davis, I left smiling. His life is a reminder that we have too little time on this planet to waste with bad feelings
— Michael Pachter (@michaelpachter) July 8, 2013
Davis left behind his wife, Anna Davis, who he married a week before his death.