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post Apr 14 2009, 04:17 PM
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This sounds like an absolutely retarded idea.
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In the past, governments have tried to ban games for being too violent or too sexy, but now the Canadian province of Quebec is coming down on games for being too English. As reported by The Toronto Star, new rules take effect this week that prohibit the sale of English-only games in Quebec when there's a French version available.

Anglais? Non!

One Quebecois retailer told the paper that the move could put him out of business, as gamers wanting the latest titles on day one would rather buy online or from another province than wait for a French edition of a game to arrive. He cited Rock Band as a game that would have been impacted by the law, saying that only the English version made it out in time for the 2007 Christmas rush, with a French version lagging six weeks behind.

While the law went into effect April 1, it has been on the books for more than a decade. Quebec actually added the game restriction to its Charter of the French Language in 1997 but chose not to enforce it.

While French and English are shared as the official languages of Canada, Quebec claims French as its proper tongue. To enforce the use of its official language, the province has the Office Quebecois de la Langue Francaise. According to the Office's charter, its duty is to ensure "that French is the normal and everyday language of work, communication, commerce and business in the civil administration and in enterprises. The Office may, among other things, take any appropriate measure to promote French."


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post Apr 14 2009, 04:25 PM
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I read that twice ^ but maybe I'm still missing something, I don't know.
Surely the in-game language choice is enough.
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post Apr 14 2009, 04:27 PM
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Surely Rock Band is all English songs anyway...


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post Apr 14 2009, 04:30 PM
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QUOTE(Amarillo Suave @ Apr 14 2009, 05:27 PM) [snapback]1495727[/snapback]
Surely Rock Band is all English songs anyway...

Indeed, who knows more pointless legislation if anything it will stop games company making a French version as then they can sell the English version there.


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post Apr 14 2009, 04:35 PM
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QUOTE(Amarillo Suave @ Apr 14 2009, 05:27 PM) [snapback]1495727[/snapback]
Surely Rock Band is all English songs anyway...


Your right, but i think the retailer was talking about the text in the game. Although even if you was reading it in Japanese, the band names and track names would still be in English as its the copywritten name. Which is why the few german bands in the game have the track title in its original language.


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post Apr 14 2009, 04:40 PM
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Will other countries soon follow suit like; Afghanistan-'All women in the game should have a burka and all men should have a beard?' It could get really out of hand if these do-gooders get their foot in the door. (or sandal)

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post Apr 14 2009, 04:44 PM
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QUOTE(marney1 @ Apr 14 2009, 05:40 PM) [snapback]1495732[/snapback]
Will other countries soon follow suit like; Afghanistan-'All women in the game should have a burka and all men should have a beard?' It could get really out of hand if these do-gooders get their foot in the door. (or sandal)
No it couldn't no one is that retarded end


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post Apr 14 2009, 05:48 PM
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QUOTE(Amarillo Suave @ Apr 14 2009, 06:07 PM) [snapback]1495739[/snapback]
QUOTE(marney1 @ Apr 14 2009, 05:40 PM) [snapback]1495732[/snapback]
Will other countries soon follow suit like; Afghanistan-'All women in the game should have a burka and all men should have a beard?' It could get really out of hand if these do-gooders get their foot in the door. (or sandal)
No it couldn't no one is that retarded end

I would question that, I can't really see the difference between that and this, in fact it would be more notable in the case he mentioned as that used to be the law, whereas speaking French/English isn't.

Hence proving the whole idea ridiculous.

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post Apr 14 2009, 08:58 PM
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The thing i really don't like about this ban is that there must be a fair few 'minorities' living in Quebec who can't speak a word of French. A former work mate of mine is from Quebec and he doesn't speak French as although he is born and raised in Canada he is English so it would be extremely unfair on the non-french speaking residents.


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post Apr 14 2009, 09:05 PM
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Quebec is fucking stupid.

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post Apr 15 2009, 12:23 AM
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QUOTE(PS FANBOY @ Apr 15 2009, 12:57 AM) [snapback]1495833[/snapback]
QUOTE(Destruction-Overdrive @ Apr 14 2009, 08:08 PM) [snapback]1495780[/snapback]
Quebec is fucking stupid.

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post Apr 15 2009, 12:24 AM
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First things first:

Quebecois =/= French

Stupid Canadians.

WTF is with Quebec? They seem to just drag the rest of their country down. They make the whole damned place have to have everything in French and English, they're a big financial drain on the whole country and they think they're better than the rest of the country. If I were Canada, I'd give 'em the big "F U" and kick it out.


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