The Rock Band Network has gone into beta, with a comprehensive guide to offensive content that features a list of "very naughty words", such as "Anusdrill", "Paedophile" and "God". We've reproduced the list here, so be warned - this post is extremely NSFW.
The offensive content guidelines at Creators.Rockband.com is quite an interesting read, giving examples of what words and references would give a song an M rating, which would keep it off the service, or a T rating, which is appropriate for release. The page begins by stressing that these are guidelines that can be stretched, depending on the circumstances, giving the example of offensive language being more tolerable in a heavy metal song than an easy listening tune.
Here are song characteristics that would warrant an M rating. Any song that meets these criteria would not be allowed on the service.
* Frequent use of common swears or strong language (usually in conjunction with other strong content or subject matter): bitch, bastard, ass, tits, etc.
* Use of strong common swears: fuck, shit, cunt, etc.
* Explicit or frequent reference to sexual acts/anatomy: "giving head," "blow job," "anal," "pussy," etc.
* Frequent reference to use of illegal drugs: cocaine, heroin, other forms of extreme substance abuse.
* Direct or explicit reference to extreme violent physical and/or sexual acts: murder, rape, serial killings, mutilation, etc.
Now let's take a look at criteria that would qualify a song for a T rating, compared to what would be appropriate for the Rock Band Network.
The following language and subject matter will flag content for a "T" rating:
* Infrequent use of common swears: "ass," "crap," "damn," "bitch," (occasionally edited, based on context), "bastard," and so on.
* Direct and infrequent reference to sexual acts: "masturbate," "jerk off," "going down," etc.
* Allusions, masked or otherwise, to sexual acts: masturbation, oral sex, etc.
* Infrequent references to illegal drugs/drug use, alcohol, smoking, and/or substance abuse.
* Allusions, masked or otherwise, to physical violence: war, suicide, bombings, etc.
The following language and subject matter is OK for RBN:
* Infrequent use of minor swears and other questionable language: "darn," "hell," etc.
* Masked allusions to physical intimacy: For example, the Black Crowes' song "Hard to Handle," ("…baby let me light your candle…").
* Direct reference, masked allusion, or threat of mild violence: For example: "Gimme Three Steps," by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Skullcrusher Mountain" by Jonathan Coulton, "I Fought the Law" by The Clash.
Once these guidelines are laid out, the page goes on to give specific examples of exceptions. Take the phrase "god damn". In Weezer's "El Scorcho" they left it in, as it only appears once. In Fall Out Boy's "This Ain't a Scene, It's an Arms Race," the fact that the phrase appears multiple times and there was backlash to the inclusion of it in "El Scorcho" cause Harmonix to censor it.
The guidelines come to a close with a link to a list of very naughty words. In context, it seems to suggest that these are words that should be avoided. We've reprinted the list here in its entirety, so read ahead at your own risk. You might be offended, or you might learn something. Anusdrill?
Most of these make sense, but "God?" How is "God" a very naughty word? We'll be following up with Harmonix to see how a word like God made it on to the very naughty words list.
Creators.RockBand.Com Offensive Content Docs [Official Site]