My name is Thomas Moy aka Crow_Se7en. You can call me, Tommy. I’m a deaf YouTuber who plays video games and uses ASL at the same time.
I’m 100% deaf. I wear hearing aids.
I’m from New Jersey. I graduated from New Jersey School for the Deaf in 2014. I attended to RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) and studied Information and Computing Studies for three years. I graduated from RIT in 2017. In 2014, I created my YouTube channel but I didn’t use it for two and half years.
Finally, I started to use my YouTube channel in 2017.
What got you into playing video games?
My grandparents gave me their old video game consoles including GameBoy (Regular and Color), Sega Genesis, PlayStation 1, and Genesis Game Gear when I was around three or four. I have played many different video game consoles in my whole life.
When did you first start recording yourself when you play video games?
I started to record myself when I play video game on March 28, 2017. That day I uploaded my very first gameplay video with American Sign Language and closed captions. The first gameplay video was Bioshock.
How are you able to play video games and use ASL at the same time?
I always say, “Hello everyone. My name is Crow_Se7en. Welcome to ____.” before I start to play the games. Sometime, I can use ASL while I read the story in the game. Also, I explain what is happening during the games. When I finish the game, I say “Thank you for watching. Please click Subscribe, Like, Share, or whatever that will help me a lot. See you in the next video.”
How are you able to communicate with hearing gamers?
Well, it depends on the games. Some games have the in-game text message. Some games don’t have the in-game text message. I always play Overwatch on PC and it has the in-game text message.
When I was a sub-player for RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) Overwatch eSports team in 2016-2017, I was the only deaf player in that team. The hearing players and I had to type the short messages during the match. That was my biggest challenge ever since the hearing players heavily relied on the headphones and microphones. I wasn’t able to hear them but they already gave me the plans before the match started.
How often do you play video games?
It depends on my mood. I like to play video games at night time.
Do you enjoy playing with others online or in person?
I actually like to play with others online and in person. I enjoy playing sports especially volleyball. Also, I like to play with my friends online.
What your favorite thing about gaming or the games industry?
I really love Nintendo and PlayStation since when I was kid. Nintendo and PlayStation made my childhood memorable.
What your favorite and/or most memorable gaming experience?
My favorite gaming experience was to be part of RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology) Overwatch eSports team. I was the first deaf player in that team. I practiced with them for one year, 2016 to 2017 then I graduated from RIT. I learned a lot from them. It was my biggest challenge to be a deaf player with the hearing players.
What’s your opinion of gaming?
Nowadays, video games are getting popular. eSports are a thing. Yes, eSports are a thing! The professional players play the video games, win the matches, and get money. My dream goal to join my favorite eSports team, “Cloud9”. I was involved in the Power Rangers Legacy Wars eSports tournament. I got 20th place out of 90th places.
What do you parents think of video games?
My mother didn’t like when I played video games often. When I started to use my YouTube channel and my video appeared in Ai-Media’s Facebook page, my mother was excited and helped me to get more subscribers.
Do you play against any deaf gamers? Got any that you’d like to mention?
Yes, there is a deaf video games group, “Deaf Gamer’s Network”. Someone hosted the Overwatch tournament. Deaf players and I had to find the players and establish the teams. I was playing for Dreamfall, the deaf team. It was a good game. My team played against other deaf team and we won.
Are there any improvements that companies can make to help deaf gamers enjoy games more?
Well, there is nothing new. I played the video game, Tacoma. The main character used American Sign Language commands. I was surprised and I didn’t expect that. You know the voice commands are very common. It was very rare to see the main character used American Sign Language commands in that game. I think Tacoma is great for our deaf community. Also, Tacoma helped people to recognize our language.
Oh right, I forgot about Moss. Moss is the VR game for PlayStation 4 only. It’s about the cute mouse who knows American Sign Language. It’s so cute!
Completely Silly Random Questions:
Who are your heros?
Family and friends. Deadpool is not a hero but he’s a hero to me because he taught me how to be a badass guy. puts the sunglasses on
Beside video games, what else do you like to do for fun?
I like to sleep. I like to eat food. Food is love. Food is life. I really enjoyed playing volleyball with deaf people in RIT. My friends and I like to explore in the abandoned places. I tell the funny and weird jokes. It’s okay to be weird.
If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?
Do you know who is Deadpool? If so, that’s him, merc with a mouth. I don’t have to worry if I get hurt.
If you have the choice to live with a gorilla who knows sign language or a dog who sings lullabies, which do you choose?
A gorilla who know sign language.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
Pay off student loans.
The ten questions Lipton asks are:
What is your favorite word?
DO IT! JUST DO IT!
What is your least favorite word?
Why? Why? Why?
What turns you on?
What turns you off?
What sound or noise do you love?
What sound or noise do you hate?
What is your favorite curse word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A professional eSports player or an actor/comedian
What profession would you not like to do?
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Welcome home, Tommy.
“Do you like to watch PewDiePie? Markiplier? JackSepticEye? Yeah? That’s good. What about Crow_Se7en? He’s a deaf YouTuber who plays the video games like your favorite YouTubers but he can use ASL.”
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/CrowSe7en