Non-musical example: A lot of the outfits (especially the female ones) could be seen as GCPR, including male bondage gear, Absolute Cleavage, and a strategically placed snake. How does that get in a T-rated game?
Don't forget the high score screens on those same arcade cabinets. Apparently there are people in the Rock Band universe with initials like "FUK", "ASS" and "POO". That's right, Rock Band got away with an F-bomb in a T-rated game.
Shrek got away using that song in a singing contest (although sung by the Big Bad Wolf). It's a family movie. It's not surprising in a T-Rated game.
You might not know from browsing the play list, but explicit lyrics are censored out.
And speaking of that, just how explicit are the lyrics of this song?
Honestly, not very; it's an extended metaphor more than anything and if it weren't for the first verse you could claim it's about an actual wolf. The most explicit line is "woman you want me, give me a sign".
And why does the song "This Aint A Scene It's An Arms Race" By Fall Out Boy has "God" censored, but not "Damn"?
Because the FCC (who the original censorship was designed to please) censors "Goddamn" but not "God" or "Damn". Whoever made the edit probably felt it sounded better that way.
Those songs are DLC, but Down With The Sickness is not (though there is some censorship in the former). However, Down With the Sickness removes all of the lyrics for the child abuse segment.
Forget all those. The PSP version makes you press buttons to Jack Black saying "Drop trou, and squeeze out a Cleveland Steamer on my chest."
And as of release on Rock Band 2, you can are told to actually SAY IT (Granted since it's a talky). But please try not to laugh too much.
And they didn't even bother to edit the preview track, possibly chronicling the only moment in video game history where a game can say "shit" twice and still avoid the M rating. That didn't just get past the radar, it blew right through it painted rainbow colors.
Actually, you can say the S-word in a T-rated game (the Uncharted series does it a lot), Rock Band usually chooses not to do it.
Even more curious, Iron Maiden's "2 Minutes to Midnight" is heavily censored in Guitar Hero 5, but not in Rock Band. Namely the phrase "to kill the unborn in the womb" (the first two words are censored on the GH disc).
Perhaps it being very much an anti-war song helps.
So is Maxwell's Silver Hammer in The Beatles: Rock Band, and they got away with that too. Then again, they areThe Beatles.
Just the fact that they have Cannibal Corpse in their catalogue is a ton of shit past the radar.
In Green Day Rock Band, all the songs have 'swear' words, save for the words 'fuck' and 'shit'. Example: In 'Letterbomb', you get to sing 'Where have all the bastards gone?' at the beginning. Fun! Also, 'masturbation' in Longview, and so on.
Also, Longview contains the line "And I smell like shit" a few times, with the "shit" being drawn out for a while. The game reads this as "And I smell like shiiiiiiiiiii..." (it's actually written "shih" in the lyrics highway).
There are actually well-listed rules for content of songs for Rock Band Network entries, which align pretty well with what HMX has officially put out, though rely on peer reviews to verify are acceptable.
In Rock Band 3 (and Guitar Hero 6 for that matter), you've got "Been Caught Stealing". If you've wanted to sing about shoplifting, now's your chance. Bonus points if you stole the game note TV Tropes does not condone the cooool crime of robbery
Also on Rock Band 3 is Break On Through, including the lyric "she get high", which is pretty tame, but the word "high" is often censored out on the radio.
It was censored when the song was featured in Tony Hawk's Underground 2 too. And it has the same ESRB rating!
Even some underground web radio stations censor it, is it an in-joke or what?
Portions for Foxes practically screams "sex", complete with orgasmic pants that you actually get to sing along to.
Beast and the Harlot and This Bastard's Life also push the boundaries.
"ZTO" by Devin Townsend, which at one point has the singer (taken over by Ziltoid) shout "Balls! Balls! BALLS!"
"Roxanne" in the original Rock Band is about the singer being in love with a prostitute. It includes the lines, "You don't have to sell your body to the night" and "Walk the streets for money".
"The Bitch is Back" by Elton John makes you sing "bitch" over FOURTY times. Mind you that in a lot of songs they censor "bitch", so this was a big shocker to even the Rock Band community.
Somehow, the DLC song "Sex and Candy" by Marcy Playground is considered "Family Friendly".
It's seems we forgot the song that's not so obviously about suicide in Rock Band 2, Today by The Smashing Pumpkins. It's constantly played as a background song, and it has the line "I'll burn my eyes out".
Sleepwalker by Megadeth has a lyric about giving someone a Columbian necktie.
Lyrics - E-Rated
The kid's game, Lego Rock Band, which is rated for ages 10 and older. It still encourages singers to use the word "hell" and the phrase "willing to please" (in non-innocent context), plus Summer Of '69 for what that's worth. and allows DLC featuring an evil overlord who makes a half-pony half-monkey monster ("using" "too many" monkeys and ruining the pony by his own admission). That said, quite a few fairly non-offensive songs aren't allowed in, such as Caprici Di Diablo which has no lyrics at all.
It commonly goes under the radar because the song can be interpreted to be about female models.
The lyrics of "Word Up!" by Korn seem to be an indirect order or criticsm of the loose usage of the word "Fuck" in society, the fact that this made it into the Family-Friendly game is kind of hilarious.
Plenty of Rock Band 3 "Family Friendly" songs (On-Disc and DLC) qualify for this. Including...