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Cryaotic, or “Cry” for short, is a 25-year-old Let’s Player who plays indie, stealth, adventure and horror games, and co-hosts a Saturday livestream named “Late Night with Cry and Russ”. He is also known for his “angelic” voice and dramatic reading of creepypastas and fanfiction. His name “Cryaotic” is a combination of his username “ChaoticMonki” and a character on World of Warcraft he made named after a username from Counter-Strike named “Cryosin”. He is a member of Polaris (formerly called “The Game Station”), like Game Grumps and Markiplier. Most of the music in his videos are from his partners Monstercat Media, Tasty Newtork, and other artists. He has approximately 1.4 million subscribers and more than 220,000 followers on Twitch.
His channel was made on March 11, 2006, as another outlet after quitting World of Warcraft . His first video was “Cry’s Theme”, uploaded on August 28, 2007. After that, he made some videos about Moon Guard, a popular server on World of Warcraft.
After a few uploads, he uploaded his first Let’s Play video on May 18, 2010. His first full playthrough was the game Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which began on September 27, 2010 and ended October 10, 2010. He regularly uploads playthroughs titled as “Cry Plays” on weekdays (and sometimes on Saturdays).
Another Let’s Play series Cry made on his channel was “Cry Wastes Time”. Instead of being fully commited to finish the game, he would usually fool around and waste time (obviously), with each episode having a different game. He usually makes a “Wastes Time” video as a filler until the next “Cry Plays” part gets uploaded. His first “Wastes Time” video was on June 25, 2012.
Cry has more than 1,200 videos. The longest playlist is his playthrough of various Amnesia Custom Stories from the Frictional Games forum. His Facebook fanpage has 20,600+ likes, his fan subreddit named r/ChaoticMonki has around 890 readers and his Twitter account has 213 thousand followers. A tumblr blog “cryaotic-confessions”, a blog about confessions and rants related to Cry, has more than 148,000 total views. Cry’s thumbnails usually come from the Tumblr tag “cryaotic art” and a DeviantArt group CryPlayFan.
Most of the time, Cry announces his livestream via his Twitter or Tumblr, and sometimes he has unplanned “surprise” streams. Cry is currently the co-host of the Saturday livestream titled “Late Night with Cry and Russ”, which starts every Saturday 11 P.M. EST on Cry’s Twitch account. The stream was created by Cryaotic himself and Russ Money, an Amnesia Custom Story Creator and Let’s Player that Cry met at the Frictional Games forum. They made the stream out of sheer boredom and it was the only time they can stream without distractions. Currently, the stream gets about 10,000 views a week. The stream is hosted by the “Late Night Crew”: Cry, Russ Money, Scott Jund, TheDreadRed and Snake. Occasionally, there are also frequent guests on the stream. Before the livestream, Cry usually uploads a video named “Livestream Tonight [Date of Stream]” before the stream begins, showing what games will be on the stream.
He also did an 24-hour charity livestream on February 22 for Extra Life, playing Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. The charity livestream was announced by CinnamonToastKen, and was uploaded on Cry’s channel on February 19, 2013. He was able to raise over $21,000 to the “All Children’s Hospital”. Another 24-hour livestream for the 8-inch “Sup Guy” plushie and two new shirts at the Maker Shop was announced with a stream on his Twitch, which was later uploaded on YouTube. The stream will be on July 2nd, 5pm EST until July 3rd, 5pm EST, playing Fallout 3.
The Sup Guy is Cry’s mascot and also depicts Cry himself (or sometimes as a person with brown hair wearing a Sup Guy mask). The Sup Guy’s first appearance was in “The Number 2000” on July 17, 2011. It was an animation Cry made in celebration of 2,000 subscribers. The Sup Guy then appeared in the rest of “The Numbers” videos.
Other versions of the Sup Guy were made, which were based on Cry’s personality. Notable versions of Cry are Mad!Cry (really violent against enemies, and sort of insane), Virus!Cry (said to be the reason why the game crashes, acts a bit like Mad!Cry), and the recently known Drunk!Cry (whenever he’s extremely drunk).
Usually, he’s been told by fans that he had a nice voice. Cry’s first dramatic reading was “The Family Portrait” uploaded on July 31, 2011, the first video in the “Cry Reads” series. In the video’s diescription, someone by the username AeronFTW recommended Cry to do a dramatic reading of a creepypasta. He also did dramatic readings of fanfictions and other writings, such as an excerpt of “My Immortal”  and an excerpt of “50 Shades of Gray” .
Project Crynime is a non-profit, fan-made anime series based on the Cryaotic universe. A teaser was uploaded on July 18, 2014, and now has approximately 400,000 views. There is a tumblr blog of the ongoing project. It is confirmed that the Late Night Crew (except Raven, although she will be a character in the project) and Minx will be voicing their own characters in the project and that Red and Snake will help out on the script as editors and proofreaders.
Some of his other videos are “Cry Abridges”, where he usually summarized a game in his point of view and says his opinion on the game afterwards, and “Cry Talks”, where he talks about updates in his channel.
Besides his YouTube channel, he also has a deviantART and Newgrounds (under the username “ChaoticMonki”). He has two flash movies on Newgrounds: “Mista Dark” and “The Next Attempt”. He has 22 Deviations (including a Journal Entry and a Literature Deviation). Some of his most famous drawings are “Cat Lover” and “The Stickman” (available on both deviantART and Newgrounds). “The Stickman” resembles Cry’s profile picture in all of his accounts.
On his AMA, he said that he wanted to do voice work in games, animation and movies . He did voice acting for an episode of “The Holodeck” by Polaris and a short animation by Esquirebob on the comedy channel Nacho Punch. He also uploads some voice acting samples on his SoundCloud.
His first major voice acting role in a video game was on “Popup Dungeon” which was successfully funded on Kickstarter. His is going to be the voice of “The Wizard” and is also going to be a character in the game. He uploaded some rough samples to his channel along with some footage of the game on May 1, 2014.
One of the most known partners of Cry is Felix Kjellberg, a Let’s Player know by the alias Pewdiepie, which began during a fan-feud. Most of their co-op videos are uploaded on Pewdiepie’s channel. Cry and Pewdiepie have been a popular pair and they even have a shipping name called “PewDieCry”. They also read a “PewDieCry” fanfic called “Flowers for My Valentine” which received more than 4,000,000 views.
He also participated in some events in the gaming channel Polaris, such as the Rumble Zone and the Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Hardcore.
One of the greatest mysteries of Cry is his face. Some reasons why he hides his face is because of safety reasons, hating public interactions, and he thinks that video (facecam) with the audio would muddle the experience. He doesn’t share his personal life either, but in some streams and videos, he says he has an older sister, a niece, a younger brother (who appeared in one of his videos) and he was abandoned by his father. He is dating Cheyenne Avila (@_daaes on twitter), who has also appeared on some of his streams and videos.