I am just SO happy for finally completing this long journey, killing almost every monster in every zone, playing safe at all times, and occasionally relying on pure luck... I can say with pride that I have beaten Diablo.
I have never cashed in once in softcore or traded softcore to hardcore, and only have gotten 3mil from selling a good Butcher's Sickle... I can't prove this but inside I know, and I'm glad for sticky to hardcore "hardcore" all the way.
Hopefully many others could finish hardcore successfully, and if you have already, congratulations! I could only play on weekends due to the busy week, but I am very serious when it comes to Diablo on the weekends. Thanks for reading this e-peen post, and keep enjoying the adventure! :)