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If you've ever played a shooter such as Call of Duty, Battlefield or Halo in online multiplayer mode, then you will appreciate how difficult it can be to stay alive when everyone else has better weapons and knows the game maps so much better than you. But now there is hope for nOObs everywhere, as a new type of online entrepreneur in the form of the virtual bodyguard arrives on the scene.

One hard-core gamer who is offering his services as an online bodyguard caught my attention recently, advertising his services on the fivesquids website where he is charging five British pounds for 30 minutes worth of in-game protection. The advert claims he will stay "by your side the entire time and will fight for you, keeping enemies away from you, protecting you when you snipe, even SACRIFICING MY LIFE to save yours" for the following Xbox 360 games: Call of Duty 4, Call of Duty Black Ops, Halo Reach, Battlefield 1943 and Battlefield Bad Company 2.

DaniWeb spoke to the gamer who, in order to protect his in-game characters, is known only as Mr Smith and turns out to be a 15 year old student who when evening falls becomes "a defender of the brave" apparently.

DaniWeb: What gave you the idea to become an online bodyguard?
 
Mr Smith: "I remembered how hard it had been starting out in games like Call of Duty and Battlefield online, when everyone else had access to better weapons and equipment. I used to think 'I wish one of my friends would go round the game with me and give me a hand'. And that's all it is really! It's been the trend for games at the moment to encourage personal gain versus good teamwork, so my service allows customers to feel like they are part of a well-oiled machine, not a walking bullet magnet.

DaniWeb: Have you any previous experience as a virtual bodyguard?
 
Mr Smith: "I used to gang up with someone against my friends on Goldeneye, and we would be each other's bodyguard".
 
DaniWeb: Have you had any takers?
 
Mr Smith: "I think a lot of people have been hesitant for one reason or another, perhaps because they can't quite see how it would work. I think that once a few people take the plunge and see what it's like (and why not, it's only a fiver!), we'll see many more gamers putting me to the test".
 

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Quite interesting, Keep up the hard work and you shall be rewarded for the same in future.

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Is it wrong to laugh while reading this? :D

Anyway the kid does have a point and maybe he'll earn some extra bucks from the right people

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Is it wrong to laugh while reading this? :D

Anyway the kid does have a point and maybe he'll earn some extra bucks from the right people

You not the only one having a laugh ... Isn't the point of a game to work your way up anyway!

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I have a 15 year old protect me at all times. He does all my dirty work because he's still a minor. Saves me the time in the big house (could only get a ps2 and 720i tv - can you believe the inhumanity).

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Is it wrong to laugh while reading this? :D

Anyway the kid does have a point and maybe he'll earn some extra bucks from the right people

Sadly the kid is quite correct in his assessment about the current state of user "communities" in online gaming. Cooperation, even within teams that need to cooperate in order to win, is usually non-existent.

My own recent experience is mostly limited to WoW battlegrounds, and it's just stunning how utterly incapable of working together many (most, even) people are even in situations where not working together guarantees you'll lose the scenario.
Reading forums, people whine and qq about others not helping them succeed and survive, then immediately go out and rant about people needing help in order to survive and succeed.

If they'd think a moment before rushing off and starting to hack at random opponents, build a game plan and get some teamwork started, things would be much less frustrating.
But the current generation of players (mostly the younger ones I think, judging from their language usage) seems utterly incapable of grasping even the concept of putting the team before themselves, of lending a hand so the entire team benefits (and in the end, they will as well).
Hyper individualism, overinflated sense of ego, massive sense of entitlement ("everyone must help me even if what I do is not beneficial to the team as a whole"), etc. etc. seem the attitude of pretty much everyone you meet.

And that extends to a degree to non-pvp related content as well (though there not working together means no personal benefit either to a large extend, so they're forced to at least try).

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Sadly the kid is quite correct in his assessment about the current state of user "communities" in online gaming. Cooperation, even within teams that need to cooperate in order to win, is usually non-existent.

Wow sounds like you needed to vent.

i feel you pain though i'm playing battleField 3 at the moment and although you are put in squads there's not much point in them everyone runs around like headless chickens and with little to no tactics other than run forward untill you get shot.

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Counter Strike Source Beta sounds like a good game to be a bodyguard in, just for shoots and giggles.

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Wow sounds like you needed to vent.

after having 3 tanks in a row pull half a dungeon and then quit mid-fight in a single run, yah.

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Wow sounds like you needed to vent.

i feel you pain though i'm playing battleField 3 at the moment and although you are put in squads there's not much point in them everyone runs around like headless chickens and with little to no tactics other than run forward untill you get shot.

One of the reason why people in FPS games create clans/clubs and talk over TeamSpeak etc. Nobody listen to public VoIP, not interested in rubbish language.

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Actually there are many "services" alike this one in the online gaming world. Just in, say, mmorpg's ppl don't ask for money to help you lvl up or do quests and so on.It is wide practice for higher lvl's to help noobs, some games even give bonuses for "teaching"

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indeed, and commercial services are strictly against the terms of service of most mmos.
Most such services are run by computer criminals and goldsellers, requiring access to your account details so they can log in and play your toon for you, but in reality to use it for gold farming and scamming other players before stripping it of all its posessions and stealing your creditcard in the process.

This guy however seems to offer an on the face of it genuine service to a community where there is no sense of community (as if there were there'd be no market for people demanding pay for helping each other).

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This guy however seems to offer an on the face of it genuine service to a community where there is no sense of community (as if there were there'd be no market for people demanding pay for helping each other).

Well looking as he is only 15, I think he's just after some pocket money

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I love this guy. Fleece all those grown-up saddoes that play this crap. Make a mint.

I love the fact that some of you all carp on about "he's only 15". He's probably the only one mentioned/posted on this forum that should be playing them. It's like listening to a kid asking an old man, "I'll read Harry Potter to you, you useless old git, if you want. But you'll have to pay me. Enough to buy my own real magic wand." :(

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Well looking as he is only 15, I think he's just after some pocket money

maybe, but if it sells he's still offering a needed service :) More power to him for recognising and monetising that need, that's the stuff entrepreneurs are made of.

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maybe, but if it sells he's still offering a needed service :) More power to him for recognising and monetising that need, that's the stuff entrepreneurs are made of.

Well if we think about it this way, he could even make a guild that would provide this kind of services, would be like real life mercenaries :idea:

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I love this guy. Fleece all those grown-up saddoes that play this crap. Make a mint.

I love the fact that some of you all carp on about "he's only 15". He's probably the only one mentioned/posted on this forum that should be playing them. It's like listening to a kid asking an old man, "I'll read Harry Potter to you, you useless old git, if you want. But you'll have to pay me. Enough to buy my own real magic wand." :(

If you think about it . . . he's only 15 . . . call of duty is an 18 . . . he shouldn't realy be playing it because he's under age.

However my 14 year old brother beats me on call of duty all the time and this kid offering this service clesrly has his head screwed on to make money from it, shame he can't compete in LAN's yet or he could be making a heap of dosh

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I didn't knpw the game was for big kids. Well i still reckon he's probably the only one that would look right playing it.

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I didn't knpw the game was for big kids. Well i still reckon he's probably the only one that would look right playing it.

What does it have to do with being a kid or not? Looking at the good point the game helps to develop reaction and some strategic basics.

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maybe, but if it sells he's still offering a needed service :) More power to him for recognizing and monetizing that need, that's the stuff entrepreneurs are made of.

He needs a lesson in economics. No one is going to pay $10 thereabouts for a half hour of protection. Most MMORPG's take many many hours to be decent, much less good, between raiding/fighting/farming/questing.

And as mentioned, that's what Guilds are for. As a former WoW addict I can vouch for the many WEEKs of help I got from the higher levels, and the help I gave the noobs as I got better in the game.

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