This video is incredible; The heroes actually lose, and the world gets obliterated! Fantastic premise...too bad it's for an MMO. The idea behind it would've been perfect for a single player game, which is what they should be focusing on anyways. I miss the days of firing up the SNES, popping in a newly rented Blockbuster game, and immersing myself in the wonders of Final Fantasy.
My biggest concern is whether or not they'll stop at Ascended. I highly doubt they'll change the stat increase, but will they add more tiers later on? If Ascended gear was introduced because people got their Exotics so fast, then that's fine, I agree with that. I got a full set from dungeon running in just under 3 weeks after hitting 80. In GW1, it took me a couple months before I could afford a 15k set of armor. I guess my point is, is that the challenge certainly felt more realistic in GW1.
I haven't given up on Anet completely yet, nor have I quit the game, as I seen that they haven't dropped the ball yet, but damnit...they're starting to fumble. Anet: Stick to what you did in GW1 whenever you released a new set of armor:Same stats, different look!