I've never thought of strategy guides as cheating. Heck, I don't even think cheats in games like GTA are a form of cheating. In this case though, I think using strategy guides for FF2 is indeed cheating. FF2 is quite easy to complete and it would be better to handle the challenges as they come. I am not a person who likes to get stuck on a certain level for almost a day so I would probably study the strategy guide. I didn't though. By the time I was playing FF2, I was already done with FF6-FF9.