Gnome launched into space in a real-life reenactment of a Half Life 2 achievement
A new achievement called “Gnome Alone” was added to [Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Half-Life: Alyx, and Left 4 Dead 2], and the description sums up exactly what’s going on. “If you are reading this achievement, Gabe Newell has successfully launched Gnome Chompski into space. If you did not also receive the achievement ‘Manufacturing Ascent’, Newell has abandoned his plans to shoot Noam Chomsky into space.” …There’s an Amelie-inspired achievement for picking up the gnome at the start of [Half Life 2: Episode Two] and bringing it all the way to the rocket at White Forest Base, an arduous task involving lots of item juggling and repeated cramming of the gnome into a crevice in Episode Two’s muscle car. Similar challenges made their way into Alyx and Left 4 Dead 2 as well.
(tags: garden-gnomes gnomes funny noam-chomsky achievements games half-life history gabe-newell rockets space)