The advisory group took place at Leeds Deaf Youth Club on 29-03-19.
During this session, 1-2-1 chats were carried out between myself and a member of the youth club with an interpreter to explore their struggles with video games and how they think the industry could aid them.
These 1-2-1 chats allowed me to observe on a personal level what young deaf adults have to deal with when doing something as simple as playing a video game.
In general the young adults expressed that any shooter games (for example, Call of Duty or Battlefield) are hard for them. They feel there is too much going on to be able to follow everything, they can’t communicate over headsets with hearing players and subtitles become delayed and often become distracting.
During the interviews they showed their frustration that hearing people get to experience the team work aspect through the headset when playing games that rely on teamwork and deaf gamers don’t.