When I was younger I was absolutely rigid in my thinking: no matter how stuck I became I would never use cheats or guides. Never. The first exception to this rule was Goldeneye. In the final mission I had absolutely no idea how to retrieve the golden gun and kill Scaramanga. Turns out you had to move over very specific tiles on the flooring so as to not set off booby traps.
I always regretted giving up on Goldeneye and resorting to FAQs, but at that point, with the solution being so vague, I'm not sure I had any other choice.
How about you? Do you guys and girls resort to FAQs or cheats?
Even as an older dude with limited time, I'm still quite limited in my use of guides. I can count on one hand the amount of times I've had to use them. There was Goldeneye, discussed above, Batman: Arkham Asylum (because I stopped playing for a year and had totally lost the context of where I was in the game) and Dark Souls.
Actually, Dark Souls is probably the only time I looked online for advice and didn't feel guilty. I think there's a communal aspect of sharing hints and tips for that game. I don't think there's any shame in googling for help with that one!
So, this is the question for today: cheats and guides. Yay or nay?