Rest in peace, Ryan Davis.

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Today GiantBomb announced the death of co-founder, host and all around awesome dude, Ryan Davis. It was a shocking announcement and one that genuinely saddened me.

Jeff and Ryan were the top brass of GiantBomb. They were a duo that I thought would be together until the end of GiantBomb. Ryan Davis was a natural host. He brought laughter and entertainment to every piece of media he was involved in. Whether it was the podcast,  video quick looks or live streams, he always brought a smile to my face. To me and many others, he was the face and voice of Giant Bomb.

I’m going to miss his greetings across all those things.

Amazingly because of his life in front of the camera and a mic, much of Ryan will live on forever. If we ever wanted a laugh, we could always dive into YouTube and relive a hilarious Ryan moment.

Now if you would excuse me, I’m going to check out some fun moments featuring Mr. Davis. You will be missed, dude.

Checkpoint: Octoberkast 2012 Edition


I spent most Saturday watching’s Octoberkast 2012. I didn’t stay up for 24 hours straight but I did manage to watch most of it live. It was an entertaining show and they raised quite a bit of money for Child’s Play. The archive will be up by Monday and they will be keeping the donations opened until November 16.

I was trying to play Final Fantasy XIII-2 and watch the podcast at the same time. The results were pretty poor to say the least. I was far too distracted to solve the relatively simple “puzzles” in the last levels and my patience for the cutscenes was pretty thin. I did eventually reload and watched all the cheesy nonsense again. So all I have left to do is beat the final boss which requires me to grind some more levels before I can do so.

I hate that. And you can be damn sure that I’m putting that as a point of criticism in my review.

Checkpoint: 24 Hours of Podcast Edition


A live stream of a 24 hour podcast? I’ve never witnessed that before. But thanks to the guys at, an annoying start to the weekend was filled with entertainment.

Tested’s Octoberkast came about during an episode of the “This is only a test” podcast several weeks ago. Will Smith, Norm Chan and Gary Whitta thought podcasting for 24 hours wasn’t going to be too difficult. So they decided to put their money where their mouths were and hold a 24 hour podcasting session for the kids.

The gang invited guests and friends from both the gaming and technology industries to join them for their charity podcast. Guests included Jeff Green, Veronica Belmont, Jeff Gerstmann and Jason Cross of PC World. They discussed everything from games, to iPhone 4S and even dealing poop to in the future.

I missed six or seven hours, but I’ll catch up as soon as Will Smith edits the archived versions and puts it up on the usual spot. I could go watch the Justin TV archived versions or this uninterrupted fan rip, but I think I’ll watch the inevitable highlight reel on YouTube.

The 24 hour event raised over $47,000 dollars (and counting ’til October 20) for Child’s Play charity. An amazing turnout. Well done, Tested & gang. Hopefully, you guys will do it again next year.

I’ve been playing Dark Souls. I’ve also been following the impressions and seeing many comments about it being a difficult game. What a bunch of wusses. This isn’t a difficult game. In fact, I feel it’s easier than Demon’s Souls.

I’m actually getting tired of hearing about how difficult the game is, so I’ve begun down voting “I can’t take this…” comments in game. Why are people overreacting to the difficulty? Are they actually finding it difficult? I don’t think so. I think they’re just trying to keep the mystique started with Demon’s Souls so they’ll feel special.

Checkpoint: Post E3 2011 Edition


E3 2011 is over.

For me it was a nice E3 filled with pleasant titles and a steady year or so of gaming. Nintendo’s Wii U won’t be out until sometime in 2012 and with what they’ve shown, it’s a bit tough to get excited for it at the moment. Meanwhile,  the PlayStation Vita seems to be in its own little world. Much of it was exciting from the mindset of a $250 handheld, but I didn’t see anything that would compel me to pre-order one as of yet.

This E3 was about games and there were plenty of promising titles — many of which I pre-ordered via FutureShop’s awesome promotion:

  1. Deus Ex: Human Revolution (PC) – Aug. 23, 2011
  2. RAGE (PC) – Oct. 4, 2011
  3. Forza Motorsport 4 (360) – Oct. 11, 2011
  4. Battlefield 3 (PS3 & PC just in case) – Oct. 21, 2011
  5. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – Nov. 1, 2011
  6. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (PS3) – Nov. 8, 2011
  7. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC) – Nov. 11, 2011
  8. Mass Effect 3 (360) – March 6, 2012
  9. Ninja Gaiden 3 (PS3) – Q1 2012
  10. BioShock: Infinite (PC) – Q2 2012
  11. Halo 4 (360) – Q3/Q4 2012
  12. Far Cry 3 (360) – TBA 2012
  13. SoulCalibur V (PS3) – TBA 2012
  14. Diablo III (PC) – TBA – *
  15. Max Payne 3 (PC) – TBA – *

* – Not shown at E3, but part of the promotion

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