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Gnome Chompski was originally found in the 2007 game Half Life 2: Episode 2. Known then as the Garden Gnome, it had to be carried throughout the length of the game in order for the player to earn the "Little Rocket Man" achievement.
The Gnome then reappeared in the 2009 game Left 4 Dead 2 where he was given the name Gnome Chompski. On this occasion he had to be carried though the Dark Carnival campaign, which was easier, but still a bit tricky.
With the release of the DLC "The Passing" in 2010, it brought with it a set a mini game modes. When the fourth one, "Last Gnome on Earth" was released, this image was released on the official Left 4 Dead Blog.
One Steam Forum user noticed that it looked very similar to the Advice Dog style image macros. The Image of Chompski was uploaded to meme generator. It currently sits in the Top Tier. Similar to Advice Dog, it attempts to give advice on how to play Left 4 Dead 2 which is actually useless. (One example is saying to use a Pipe Bomb on a tank, a strategy which would require precision and would not do much damage anyway).
Original Thread: "http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1271667":URL
Many Steam Forum users were annoyed that the thread creator had tried to force the meme and attempted to prevent the meme from becoming popular.