Ian Bogost, Looper director get in politest Twitter spat ever

Ian Bogost, the game designer and academic who is the closest thing the medium has to a guru, announced yesterday on Twitter that he did not like last year’s time-travel actioneer Looper.

Twenty minutes later, after a little bit of mild trash talk about Looper, the film’s director, Rian Johnson replied:

@ibogost We come in peace!

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 14, 2013

Chagrined, but unwilling to change his tune, Bogost responded with a complex mix of internet regret and defiance:

@rianjohnson Sorry for being an ass about your film that I didn’t like. :(

— Ian Bogost (@ibogost) January 14, 2013

Then it was Johnson’s turn to feel a little awkward:

@ibogost No assery at all, I’m the one who poked my nose in and twitter-bombed you.

— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) January 14, 2013

If only there were real life time machines, there would never be any hurt feelings and polite men with strong feelings would never go too far.