have gun will travel Do you need a little extra cash and are good at playing video games? Here’s the job for you: be a gun for hire on Battlefield 3.

Some enterprising individuals are posting on Craigslist to provide protection for you and help you play online FPS games. Modern day guns for hire!

Under the heading “I will take bullets for you for half an hour for £5,” Smith summarized how his service works:

“I will be 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,” he wrote.

“Essentially,” Smith tells me, “I become the client’s buddy in the game. I won’t go for kills of my own, only when necessary to stop the client’s ‘life’ being cut short.”

And Smith was good to his word. Earlier this month I hired the teen to escort me through 30 minutes of Battlefield 3 online matches on the Xbox 360. We met up online and appeared together on the battlefield.

Smith took plenty of bullets for me, becoming a sort of human shield during the many times I wasn’t observant enough to notice an enemy drawing a bead on me. He was even more useful as an in-game guide. He was a sort of Battlefield 3 golf pro, suggesting weapons, equipment and play styles to me over headphones as we played.

Read the full piece at Kotaku.