Giant Bomb co-founder and longtime GameSpot writer Ryan Davies died on July 3 of unknown causes, Giant Bomb announced this morning. He was 34-years-old. Fans, colleagues, friends and the games industry expressed their deep sorrow on Facebook and Twitter as the news broke. Giant Bomb's Matthew Rorie conveyed his deep sadness in a short post on the site today:
"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."
I never met Ryan Davies, but I certainly respected his exhaustive body of work on GameSpot and GiantBomb over the last decade, as did his hundreds of thousands of fans, friends and colleagues. In the echo chamber of games criticism, Davies was one of the very few unique voices worth listening to.
We offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Ryan Davies - those who knew him best and loved him the most.
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