So, I've just finished Bloodborne. Loved the experience. Only regret one thing: I summoned.
Yes, I used a mechanic that's built into the game and got a little help with the boss at Cainhurst. It was the only boss in the game that I could not down after a few tries. It was infuriating. My girlfriend eventually encouraged me to summon someone, so I did. It's still nagging at me, a day removed from beating the game. This leads me to a larger question surrounding people who play the Souls games: is Summoning the same thing as surrendering? Do you feel like a "lesser" player for not beating it on your own?
Nothing in the game dictates a feeling of shame or embarrassment about the mechanic. Hell, it even punishes you (by costing Insight) for doing so. This leads me to believe that I'm getting this feeling from reading the Souls community online, and how many sneering replies people receive after they've announced they had to summon for a boss. Has this affected you?