A Quebec law which prohibits the sale of English-only videogames if a French alternate is available has come into force, to the consternation of local retailers.

The law could see new games delayed as they are localised for French speakers, this could cost local retailers business as consumers turn to the internet or cross the border to get the latest releases without delay.

"I'm afraid it's going to cost me my business," Ronnie Rondeau, co-owner Game Buzz, told The Star. "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," he added.