Petition E-4965 is the one that is posted to stopkillinggames.com, Ross Scott (Accursed Farms)'s campaign to end the practice of bricking games people have purchased, whenever the publisher doesn’t want to support it anymore.

It is open for signing by Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, until September 5th 2024.

Please spread the word to your Canadian friends and family who take interest in games, and please add your name to it to support this campaign to help preserve games in some form in perpetuity.

Thank you!

  • Toes♀@ani.social
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    2 months ago

    Oh that would be nice.

    I’d like to see a law in place that forces developers to release whatever is necessary to play every feature of a game after support is ended or when the company ends operations.

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      2 months ago

      That would be nice for sure. Even just an offline single player mode with only some features for unsupported software would be a great start rather than being unplayable entirely.

      Slightly separately but interestingly: Bill C-244 (44-1) and C-294 (44-1) are two bills in the Senate I’ve been following, that are related to the Copyright Act, for diagnostic/repair and interoperability respectively. Just today they have moved through a 2nd reading in the Senate so one step closer to a final vote and passage. If these bills pass, as far as I understand it, even if companies aren’t obliged to provide every feature, circumventing DRM for the purpose of troubleshooting, making operable (fixing), and making interoperable software people have a license to use, would no longer be against The Copyright Act here.

    • Gamers_Mate@kbin.social
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      2 months ago

      Nice I will share this on the aussie instance.

      Edit: I copied the format but removed permanent resident with just resident due to the website saying “Each person that signs your e-petition (including yourself) must confirm that they are a citizen or resident of Australia.” I am not sure if that means permanent or not.

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        2 months ago

        Yeah I used citizens and permanent residents as those are specific statuses in Canada. The Canadian petition has that wording so I included it like that.

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      2 months ago

      It will be interesting to see how our legislators react to this anyway. We should expect to see an official response from Parliament at minimum.

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    2 months ago

    Signed it! Seems to be just over 4k signatures at the moment. Let’s pump those numbers up!

    • RentlarOP
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      2 months ago

      Yeah. I’m still impressed there are 4000 interested people but we’ll see how many we can get by September.