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I sat there and watched the credits rolled. Over the course of around six hours I had toted that damn gnome with me. I had brought it through the antlion caves, I had got out of the car 30 times to pick it up and re-loaded my autosave countless times when I had run into the chopper. I had gotten so used to that porcelain monstrosity I could see him in my sleep.
Half Life 2: Episode 2 has one of the most fascinating Achievements I've ever had the opportunity to come across. Within the first 5 minutes or so you run into a garden gnome hidden in the first building you enter. If you can carry that gnome and put it into the satellite that is launched into space within one hour of the end of the game, you will earn the "Little Rocket Man" achievement. That's 5 hours of carrying it around, with very few moments to put it down and come back for it later. When you reach the car midway through the game, you have to wedge it in the floor, in which it can still roll out as you drive. Then you run into the chopper, and it can shoot it out of the car, which means you have to get out of the car and make yourself vulnerable to fire. The only thing you can do is shoot it further down the path using the Gravity Gun, then when you arrive at it, grab it and shoot it again. Calling it a pain in the rear would be an understatement.
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