I'm not sure why scripting is so looked down upon. Well-done scripting is far easier to do than good AI and is almost indistinguishable from natural and believable AI on the first play-through, which frankly is the one that matters the most. Honestly it sounds like you guys are against BAD scripting, not scripting in general. I think people are over-analyzing this a bit too much, but that's just me.
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