Morgan Romine

Welcome to the recycling bin for my random and sometimes academic curiosities.

I am a cultural anthropologist studying the designers and players of online games. I retired from my role as the Team Captain of the Frag Dolls (an all-female professional gaming team) in 2011 to daylight as the eSports Maven for Red 5 Studios, the makers of Firefall. Nowadays, I am writing my dissertation in between gaming jags and social media blitzes.

Gamers know me as Rhoulette.

For more about my research, see Games, Virtual Worlds, and CyberSociality, a group in Computer and Information Science, Social Sciences, Design on Mendeley.

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I still know most of the world’s country flags thanks to Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego. As a gamer this seems obvious to me, but of course games could be a magical gateway for girls into STEM.

Hi Morgan, How are u? Can you please tell me the name of the music/piano piece that you play at the end of the documentary called "Frag Documentary - History of pro-gaming" on YouTube? I am assuming you were really playing that piece live for the documentary? And if you were not, maybe you know it anyway? Oh, if it is live, you are great with the piano by the way, like a true pro. Thanks.
rhoulette rhoulette Said:

Hi! Thanks for the compliment! I was, indeed, playing live, but they ended up not being able to license the song for use in FRAG. I believe they had another musician compose something similar and they used that instead. If I remember correctly, the first part of what I played is authentic.

The song I played is from the movie Amelie and is by Yann Tiersen. It’s called Comptine d’un autre ete. I loved all of the music from that movie and resolved to learn as much of it as possible. Here is a rendition of it on YouTube: 

Out of random curiosity, I looked up ‘mansplaining’ on UrbanDictionary. I was surprised to discover how incredibly well the collection of opposing entries summarize how many online dialogues about gender tend to go.

See also: Mansplain

My friend @paryshnikov wrote an e-book about brogrammers! I’m curious what thoughts all you well-informed industry, academic, and gamer friends have on this growing subculture. It’s free through Wednesday. #coolcodebro

It’s like a fire hose of truth! Thanks, @K_0, for this great summary about good game design practice! From my perspective (as an outside observer of game designers, that is), I think most would agree with at least 90 of these 100 points.

I was only surprised by the point about the UK vs. US definitions of “game developer”. I’m in the US and have come to think of “game developer” as a broader, inclusive term that covers artists and designers as well as programmers. Funny to hear it’s such a fervently debated regional topic! Next time there’s a fight about it, @K_0 can count on at least one US researcher to back her up.

Maya Angelou, and this poem specifically, was an invaluable inspiration to me during the vulnerable span of my teenage years. Hers was a uniquely beautiful soul, and I feel lucky to have known her, even if only through her poetry. #RIPMayaAngelou

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

An awesome new edition! @kinojabber @gamedesignworkshop

P.S. I collect fun software development blogs, memes, images, jokes, etc. Send me all you find!

I’ve seen him on the boardwalk before, but never fully appreciated him. Next time I’m feeling blue, I’m gonna go hang out with Slomo. 

P.S. My dad was a neurology intern in Atlanta with Slomo, and my parents went to his wedding. What a funny little world we live in.