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Flashback FM censored DJ commentary


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So I've been playing the definitive edition of this game and one thing I did different this time was to use noise isolating earphones and I've been noticing a bunch of new sounds, or at least sounds that I've never heard before (like NPCs whistling or random lines I've never heard before), and one of those things I noticed was in the DJ commentary on Flashback FM (at ~ 4:04):



She says:


This one reminds me of waking up on the Du[...] *white noise* [...]an tour bus.

If you listen closely she's meant to say Duran Duran but for some reason the name was censored. Maybe they didn't like having a namedrop like that given that their music never ended up being featured in the game. I've always found that cut to be odd but perhaps there is no real reason behind it other than to make you feel like you're actually listening to the radio and the signal dropped out, which would be more annoying if it were placed in the middle of a song.


Edit: Ah, so the GTA Wiki entry mentions the DJ dialogue not being censored on the old site for the game. I've never listened to the uncensored line haha but I figured she must've been referring to Duran Duran.

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It was censored on the original game as well.


Odd considering Duran Duran were mentioned in Vice City by the Love Fist and yet their music never made it to that game either.

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I think I read once that an uncensored clip from the radio existed somewhere, I think it was the GTA 3 official website back in the day, but I can't remember exactly. Sorry.
Would be nice to restore it to the radio file so that it plays it in the game.


//Edit: Found a mod that says it adds the Duran Duran thing: https://libertycity.net/files/gta-3/161278-gta-3-beta-radiostations-v2.html

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On 3/11/2022 at 10:39 AM, Nico said:

It was censored on the original game as well.

That is mad. I was so confident it wasn't censored - I had to check my original audio files, and yep, it's censored. I'm surprised I never noticed after playing for 20 years. :O


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Link to the uncensored line. Another thing to note is that in the audio clip, She's on Fire was playing instead of Shake it Up.

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On 3/11/2022 at 1:39 AM, Nico said:

It was censored on the original game as well.

going off topic here but why iii songs are censored? (its more noticeable in game radio) its a freaking gta game, a series that have more f bombs then the entirely of scarface, i wasn't born in 01 and didn't live in the usa but i can't recall radio stations censoring songs lyrics, if i am wrong correct me

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4 hours ago, 2L8 said:

can't recall radio stations censoring songs lyrics, if i am wrong correct me

They did though, that's why many songs have a Clean and Explicit version.


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Yep, I remember hearing an uncensored version of the "Duran Duran tour bus" line on the official GTA 3 website a while ago.
I also find it rather strange that they censored lyrics in GTA 3, especially considering the fact that GTA 1 and 2 had uncensored songs.

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