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Something Evil About Cheers
By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on June 09, 2003   |   Episode 25 (Show Archive)  

   

Some names aren't worth much, especially in the video game world. But there are names that you know you've

heard before, but you just can't place. For me this was Rebecca Chambers. Ever since playing with her at E3 earlier this year, I have been confused by her name. Actually, I was confused by her name even before E3 (all the way back to Resident Evil 2), but while there I spent a great deal of time trying to place the name. A couple of months went by, I didn't think much about it, but then it hit me. I know why Rebecca Chambers sounds so familiar, it's a combination of BOTH of the lead actresses to appear in Cheers.

From 1982 until 1993 Cheers kept NBC at the top of the Neilsen Ratings. That's 11 years of sexual tension, witty dialogue, and bizarre situations. So what does eleven years get you? Well, if you're Capcom it seems to influence your characters. And here's how.

In the first five years Diane Chambers (played by Shelly Long) teased, seduced, and almost married the stud bartender Sam Malone. The remainder of the years were played out with the sometimes evil, sometimes nice stylings of Rebecca Howe (played by Kirstie Alley). Both women play similar rolls, even though they are different characters. But if you combine these two similar characters rolls into just one name you'd get: Rebecca Chambers! (You could also get Diane Howe, but that's really not the point)

Is there room for error? Oh you bet, but you know, my mom always said that most coincidences aren't really coincidences after all. So I'm just going to assume that the kids at Capcom have been staying up late and watching Nick @ Night. But then, don't we all?
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