A point of opinion in Diablo II (not sure if hardcore in Diablo III is comparable). Is it ethical to save and quit a hardcore game during a moment where death is not immediate, but is inevitable? That is a scenario where you are completely surrounded with no escape route, can't get into a portal, can't kill the enemies faster than they are killing you, and are running out of healing potions - is it more honorable to die, or is quitting a valid tactic?
I died during this scenario once and when telling a coworker about how frustrating it was to know I was about to die and couldn't do anything about it, he suggested quitting. The thought had not occurred to me at the time, and it made me even more frustrated to think there had been an out I had neglected to take. However, when the scenario presented itself again, and this time I did quit, I felt like I had cheated afterwards and that my still-living hardcore character was illegitimate.
Does anyone else have any thoughts or experience concerning this?