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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.

This is fucking devastating.

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.

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TWO WEEKS TO ROUNDABOUT!

…and yet we still have so much to reveal! Have we talked about the eSports Speedrun Mode yet?

Panzer and I are huge fans of the Games Done Quick events that happen twice a year, so we decided to build a dedicated authoritative speedrun challenge mode for Roundabout.

Hosted by Electronic Sports Aficionado Jeffrey the Skeleton, eSports speedrun mode jams a big competitive eSports timer at the top of the screen, then makes you race through every story objective in the game in order.

All results are stored on our leaderboards, which means you can compete for the fastest times amongst your friends and the world. We’ve exposed the eSports times to the Steam Community so that you can do your fancy data collecting, observing and mining things as well.

Yes, there are also ways to abuse the death and checkpoint systems in order to get better times. It’d just be boring without that, right?

Don’t forget: preorder at roundaboutgame.com to get 20% off, tag and wishlist us on Steam, follow us on Twitter!

Dota with Duders

If you play Dota 2 and like Giant Bomb, no matter how good or bad you are, join the GiantBomb chat channel in Dota 2. Since TNT and Unprofessional Fridays, it’s been full of duders playing 5v5 lobby games, and it’s been a ton of fun. It’s like, all the fun of matchmaking, minus the whole everyone else being a douchebag thing, plus everyone knows what glhb means, it’s awesome.

Duders don’t let duders solo queue.

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