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  • Many Physical Pinball Tables have options to tone down racy or possibly offensive voice clips for certain markets, as a form of Adjustable Censorship. A notable example would be Elvira and the Party Monsters, which not only allowed suppressing the saucier quotes, but also came with a "modesty decal" to cover Elvira's Gag Boobs on the backglass.
  • Stern Pinball's NASCAR pinball allowed operators to replace the default backglass art with one that changed the "Miller Lite" logo on Rusty Wallace's car with a "Rusty" logo instead, in case their location was sensitive to alcohol-related advertising.
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  • South Park pinball had a "safe" version. Featuring the Super Fart Bumpers becoming the Super Pop Bumpers, "They killed Kenny — rats!" and others. It also included decals to cover up potentially offensive playfield art, such as Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo.
  • In Devil's Crush for the TurboGrafx-16, the pentagrams were geometrically altered for the U.S. version, becoming eight-pointed. In the Sega Genesis version, Dragon's Fury, anything star-shaped was changed into a simple five-pointed star.
  • The home versionnote  of Bally's Capt. Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy replaces the racy artwork of the original with a family-friendly quasi-psychedelic depiction of Elton John and the Cowboy.
  • Gottlieb's Super Mario Bros. Mushroom World reuses the Video Mode from their earlier Super Mario Bros., but replaces the Bullet Bills with Boos instead.
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  • The Super Nintendo version of Pinball Dreams removed the crosses in the "Nightmare" table.
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines ships with a gun grip and trigger to launch balls and fire at in-game targets. Operators have the option to replace the grip with a fire/launch button "for sensitive locations".
  • In Sega Pinball's South Park, the original version of the game software included more offensive language than what appears in the final product, as well as a removed Video Mode that involved Cartman and Stan trying to be lesbians by engaging in a literal carpet-eating contest. Comedy Central demanded these changes soon after the game's release.
  • Several of the changes required by Universal for The Big Lebowski include removing Walter's Colt .45 and a marijuana leaf from the playfield art.
  • Universal also nixed the caged female dancers from the backglass art on Monster Bash.
  • When Zen Studios designs virtual pinball tables, they clearly aim for a family-friendly audience and will do everything they can to make sure that every pinball compilation they release holds an overall ESRB rating of Everyone 10+. Given the unspoken "one rotten apple spoils the bunch" rule where adult content in just one piece of a compilation pushes its ESRB rating up without regard for the dearth of offensive material in other parts, this meant that absolutely nothing deemed family-unfriendly can be part of Zen's pinball collection. So when it comes to creating Licensed Pinball Tables based on popular franchises, Zen even goes as far as to strip out all offensive content from any adult-oriented franchises they adapt into pinball tables to keep the ESRB rating E10+. And yes, that means no crude, sexual humor or strong four-letter words when you're playing tables based on Family Guy or South Park, and no blood and gore for tables based on M-rated Bethesda video games. The blanket E10+ rating might lead someone to wonder if such tables were really kid-friendly anyway.
    • During development of Pinball FX 3, Zen ran into some controversy that threatened the overall E10+ rating while designing a digital conversion of Fish Tales, which included some profanity and suggestive imagery that seemed out of place for a game aimed at children and families. Ultimately, Zen conceded that they had to censor parts of the table to keep the E10+ rating.


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