I remember years ago I was in my car with a friend in the middle of the afternoon and the rock station we had on played "Killing In the Name" and didn't censor a thing. Yeah, not even THAT part. We were rather confused and I'm sure somebody got into a bit of trouble for that.
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Censoring on radio is a fairly recent thing. I'd say it's only been in the past 20 years or so that it's actually become an issue. Not too surprisingly, that's also the time period when R-rated language in music went mainstream, thanks to genres like alternative rock and gangsta rap that seek to be "edgy" with their lyrics.
Back in the '80s, you had John Cougar Mellencamp's "Play Guitar," with the lines, "Forget all about that macho s*** / And learn how to play guitar." Then there was the Who's "Who Are You," the original version of which throws in "Who the f*** are you?" a couple of times. None of that would get censored.
But when Trent Reznor starts telling us over and over and over how he wants to f*** us like animals, it becomes a cause for concern.
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The FCC's basic premise is that, in a medium such as broadcast television or FM radio, you never know when children might be watching or listening--so it's best to assume that, most of the time, they are.
That kind of thinking has no place in a medium such as a video game, wherein any and all objectionable content can be password protected. Your PS3 is not a radio, so there's no reason to treat Rock Band 2 like a radio program. Denying adults the opportunity to play the game with the songs' real lyrics is silly, infantilizing, frustrating, and (for lack of a better word) lame.
I prefer bleeping over blanking(it sounds funny!) and I wish that bleeping would be the censorship style
I'm sorry, what Radio stations do you listen to? I hear "*****" "whore" "hell" and all sorts of other words that Rock Band removes from MOST but not all songs... that bugs the heck out of me though... why some songs can use the words other songs can't. that hardly seems fair... game rated "teen" is apparently more censored than an unrated radio... but what do you expect from something like the ridiculous ESRB? we SHOULD just be using the same ratings as movies...or go back to using no ratings at all... but we can all thank tipper gore and mortal kombat for the ESRB...
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(if anything, the ESRB paved the way for MORE mature content to be released, at least without any controversy)
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