Hey Howdy Hey Tappers!
So by now we all know that about a week ago the world of TSTO was “shaken (not stirred) up” a bit when Chester Dupree entered our little games. A never before seen character, and his unfinished shed, arrived in Springfield for the premium price of 150 Donuts. Many of us, at the time, assumed it was an add-on character pulled from a small blip of the show (which it was) and that it was a secondary thought when planning Level 41. After all they needed a premium complementary piece to go with Bernice right? And who better than her own brother?
Wookie showed us all in his WDTCF: Chester Edition, Chester (and the shed) was first mentioned on the show as recently as 2012 when Homer has a thought bubble of Marge, who has a thought bubble of Dr. Hibbert, who has a thought bubble of Bernice…whew…that shows Dr. H and Mrs. H arguing and briefly mentioning Chester and the shed!
But was he really an after thought for EA? Or something planned all along? There appears to be more to it, so it seems. So, let’s put on our tinfoil hats and ride the Conspiracy Theory Express and see where it leads shall we?
First, stop on the Conspiracy Theory Express is Level 24, the introduction of Dr. Hibbert. Did YOU ever notice his unlock message?
Thinking this is something EA added to the game after implementing Chester? Check out the URL link to the image (http://tstoaddicts.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/tapped_out_dr-_hibbert_new_character.png)…it’s dated 09-2013 (when we uploaded it) almost 9 months BEFORE Chester was introduced into the game.
Creepy right? But wait…there’s more!
The next stop on the Conspiracy Theory Express is Level 33…the Cops. Do you remember that level? Remember sending all of your characters to jail? Do you remember what they said when you sent them? Check out what Dr. Hibbert says when you send him to jail…. http://tstoaddicts.com/2013/08/15/level33walkthrough/ about halfway down under The Crackdown Pt. 2:
Crazy right? Level 33 hit our games in August of 2013! Clearly this was a running joke EA was trying to expand on.
Maybe someone at EA has a Chester in their family. Maybe the writers at Gracie Films are poking more fun at a running gag. A reader did send us an email recently telling us that Chester is based on a writer’s family member’s brother in-law. (Of course how much of that you want to believe is up to you, I’m just passing that info along…personally I’m on the fence with it. But it would make sense) So perhaps they’re constantly bringing up the running gag? Poking fun at some family in the game, instead of through the show?
So there you have it, the Chester Conspiracy! Of course there are other Conspiracy Theories out there…about how Chester was once in a show etc, but these at least are more tangible. What do YOU think? Did you remember (or notice) these little Chester sneak peeks? Do you have a Chester in your family? Sound off in the comments below, you know we LOVE hearing from you!