OK, I fight with the temptation to use online guides/walkthroughs with almost every game I play. It's worse now with every game being a 20+ hour epic endeavor. I could handle spending 10 hours initially on Super Metroid back in the day knowing I could pare my time down to under 3 hours with 100% of the items. Now with wife/kids/job and all those other responsibilities trying to suck away my free time, I'm hard pressed to find time to play games, much less spend hours on end exploring to find where I need to be. I've mostly avoided using walkthroughs recently. In the past I think I've been known to religiously use the guide as I played, a habit I know to be controversial. I used guides for Twilight Princess once for a puzzle in a temple, and once for a boss. Otherwise I usually read the entry for an area/quest after I had done it to make sure I didn't miss any items. I broke down this morning after spending about 30-45 minutes in Metroid Prime 3 last night, trying to figure out where to go, to at least figure out if I'm on the right track I only read far enough to make sure I'm in the right area, and a quick glance at where I'm supposed to find the path to move on, but no further. Where do you, personally, draw the line and look at the guides? How long do you have to wander about aimlessly/clueless, until you open search online, or open the book? How many times does a tough boss have to kick the snot out of you before you look for tips? Just interested to see other people's views on this sort of "cheating."