Sometimes my mind wanders. And sometimes it wanders to the topic of gaming in general. Here is one of my random thoughts:
If you were to read a book, and then read through the footnotes or citations, would that count as cheating? If you were to see a movie/period piece and then research the history and setting, would that take away from your experience? Then I think if you were to read a FAQ while playing a game, that can’t be considered cheating or not really “playing” the game. There is a specific amount of content within a game and if you want to experience it all (or in a certain way) you use a FAQ. A lot of people may not go to that extent, but then there are a lot of people who just watch a movie and then move on.