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.