New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French Version is Available

April 2, 2009 -

Sacrebleu!

A new law in Quebec has video game retailers concerned, reports the Toronto Star.

As of April 1st, it became illegal to sell an English language-only version of a video game if a French version is available.

Game Buzz co-owner Ronnie Rondeau is among those who are upset:

I'm afraid it's going to cost me my business. If it really was going to make a difference, I'd be for it, but only a small number of people want to play in French. The rest don't care. And money-wise, it's going to hurt.

Hardcore gamers, of course, are an impatient lot who often want their favorite titles on the date of release. But Haig James Toutikian, a Montreal game designer, said that technical difficulties in creating French versions could lead to delays:

I know how much of a pain they can be. They take up a lot of bug-tracking time... I don't think [the new law] will encourage people to buy the French version.


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Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

But, Quebec French ISN'T real French... Quebec French is about as French as Louisianna French.

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Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Quebecois, or Joual, was spoken in France before france was speaking it's current version of French

learn the facts before posting, please

 

From wikipedia (read the reference if you're a skeptic...):

"Although moé and toé are today considered substandard slang pronunciations, these were the pronunciations of Old French and French used by the kings of France, the aristocracy and the common people in all provinces of Northern France. After the 1789 French Revolution, the standard pronunciation in France changed to that of a stigmatized form in the speech of Paris, but Quebec retained the historically "correct" one, having been isolated from the Revolution by the 1760 British Conquest of New France"

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Clearly you never paid attention to the politics debates and the hate against anything that someone says that CAN be interpreted in a negative way. Many people here are as intolerant as JT.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

When the new snow tire laws went into effect in la belle province, they ran out over there, so drivers started coming to Ontario to get them.  You couldn't find a tire in Ottawa for months.

With this law, I wonder if we'll see a similiar effect on popular gaming titles?  Another good reason to preorder, I suppose...

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Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

This isn't new at all. I remember about reading it last year. Quebec needs to get out of this stupid French-only shit. I'm tired of being hated on simply because I speak English more than French. Guess what? I'm gonna be better off in life cause I speak both languages. :)

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

This has to be April Fools. If not from GP, then from Quebec. I mean, I just learned in school about exactly HOW stubborn some of them can be about their French heritage (no offense anybody, just reading from the textbook), but this is ridonculous. Somebody is going to shout "APRIL FOOLS!!!" very soon, be it GP or Quebecs Ministers or somebody.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Here's hoping.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

I've said it this week, "the only thing the French do best is their abillity to piss everyone off."

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

You do know that this is offensive. I am from Montréal and my native language is French.
 

Also, I do not see how this law affects anyone else then people who live in Québec. Maybe some import company, but that it. Who do you think you are to shout out loud that you are better then us?

Please retract your comment.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

"the only thing the French do best is their abillity to piss everyone off."

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

tu parle d'un esti d'imbécile. tu pense tu vraiment que faire la vierge offensée vas arranger les affaires? c'est l'internet. vis avec ou ben arrète de l'utiliser.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Té pa mieux le cave, Chu pas offencé, je trouve sa offensant, ouvre tes yeux un tit peu

J'esseye juste de garder au québec le peu de sa dignité qui reste à travers tout sa. Oui la loi suce pour tout les hardcore, mais elle est proffitable pour les enfants qui sont la cible de la loie en question.

 

J'trouve sa déconsertant à quel point té juste trop cave.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Lol.. google Translator FTL.. I tried to translate that, out of curiousity, because I don't speak French.

The result?

What a fool to believe. you think you really that offended virgin to go fix things? it is the internet. live with ben or stop using it.

 

"You think you really that offended virgin to go fix things?" Lmao.. Now I wish I knew French..

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

This is complete bullshit, I'm tired of these god damn laws and the backwards French lawmakers who are unable to accept that Quebec isn't only French.

Change the Sacrebleu! to Esti Tabarnac!

Hey GP!

Change Sacrebleu! to Esti Tabarnac! that's how we swear in Quebecois-French!

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Re: Change the Sacrebleu! to Esti Tabarnac!

Wait, French is different in Quebec than it is in France?  Zut alors...

 

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: Change the Sacrebleu! to Esti Tabarnac!

Well it kind of is. Just like english is different in the U.S.A. than in England or Australia. Take the first words of the article "Sacre Bleu". It's an expression rarely used in Quebec, I would say never even.

Re: Change the Sacrebleu! to Esti Tabarnac!

we're more likely to say "crisse de tabarnak".

 

it means the same thing, but with more punch.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Wait.... what if by some chance there is a French-only and an English-only version of the game available, but not one with both languages?

This law is, to put it mildly, absurd, and even apart from the above hypothetical situation will causes lots of potential issues.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Oh Quebec, trying to keep French alive. Well English-only titles doesn't prevent French speakers from talking French in online servers. There are some Quebecois players in the Northern Resistance server in Team Fortress 2, let's see what's their opinion.

Those damn French language Czars

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Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Its all well and fine to support your ethnicity but not at gun point.

 


Gore,Violence,Sexauilty,Fear,Emotion these are but modes of transportation of story and thought, to take them from society you create a society of children and nannys, since adults are not required.


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Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

The story is dated April 1st guys.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

But this is Quebec we are talking about!!

 


Gore,Violence,Sexauilty,Fear,Emotion these are but modes of transportation of story and thought, to take them from society you create a society of children and nannys, since adults are not required.


http://zippydsmlee.wordpress.com


Copyright infringement is nothing more than civil disobedience to a bad set of laws. Let's renegotiate them.

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Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

Nope, GP has just been made a belated April Fool!

Well maybe not, but I'm convinced at any rate.

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I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

-------------------------------------------------- I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

You obviously aren't Canadian then, because Quebec has always tried to apply fraking crazy laws to everything in the name of "preserving french culture and language". Take Bill 101 for example.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

French canadians are more french than french guys from France...

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

That's just a stupid comment.


Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

see?

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

saddly it's true. *french canadian himself :c *

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Wait, is this seriously worded so that an English-only game can't be sold if there's a French one available? No fine print that says if there's a version that supports both languages, that's the one that has to be sold? Where did they come up with this law? Utah?

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

I think the law means you that if it exists, you must sell the french version of a game along the english version.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Hit the Contact Us link and send him an email.

 

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Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

I don't know about anyone else, but I couldn't play a game in French no matter how normal the voice sounded.

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Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

Agreed, I'm a french-canadian from Quebec and games translated in french are always horrible.

This law is fucking stupid.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if ...

Not every time.

Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

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Re: New Quebec Law Bans Sale of English-only Games if French

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

 

Oh Quebec....never change.

 
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