"I am Sam Fisher and I am a Splinter Cell".
Hmmm, well I have a problem with this tagline.
Firstly, one person can't really be a cell.
Secondly,I thought the name of the game (Splinter Cell) came from the first game in the part where you find out that the Chinese general had formed a splinter cell which did not represent the will of greater China.
I do not think that Sam is a splinter cell in and of himself, nor do I think that he and his handlers are a splinter cell. They work for the US government, therefore they are a part of the American Forces (albeit unofficially).
I'd like to hear your views.
Sure. Technically, both in the book and basic preface in the first SC's manual, a "splinter cell" is formed from two phrases: terrorist cell and splinter of glass.
Like a "splinter" of glass, which is unseen, but has deadly precision, a Splinter Cell can destroy or disrupt enemies of the US of A, meaning terrorist "cells", and I know I don't have to explain that concept...
That's what it means, they took a phrase that yes, maybe it's been used other places, but in this game/universe they've created, it means the above.
And yes, I'm obsessed.
EDIT: I just thought too that the "cell" may have a double meaning, that other "splinter cells" don't know of the existence, or the identities of other "splinter cells", making it a compartmentalized organization where any one person doesn't know everything.
yes cells are generally terrorist associated and mean that they are compartmentalised and isolated from each other to avoid devulsion of knowledge upon capture.
I had only ever played the demos of sc 1 and 2 until recently when my ISP offered the full games as free downloads to trial their new gaming on demand service whereby you subscribe to them per month and can download any full games for free ( all legal of course ) - because the games are all at least 1 year old. So I was able to play the full games of 1 and 2 and got hooked
This is what Raisin ponders about, every evening before sleepy time.
I thought it was explained in the first one that Sam is a splinter cell because he works alone split off from his country and people(they dun acknowledge his existence). Although the terminology is commonly associated with terrorism, this is an exception to use a cool term in a game.
Yeah the name comes from the fact that if Sam is captured, the US gov't would disavow any knowledge of him and claim he was a "splinter cell" (ie rogue agent) not under their command.
And I thought the tagline for CT was "Chaos is a drop away."