I remember that quote from the GI article and when i read it, i was relieved. I like the "wild west" feeling it adds to a game (like New Vegas or the new Bioshock (Infinite?)) Wher you dont kno if the group around you are friendly or not or may turn hostile at the wrong thing.
I can imagine going up to a group of seals or walruses and them being all like "chill bro" but then I go up to their babies and they're all like "ARFARFGLUBFARFBLUB!!!1!!!" and then I'm all like "Duel wielding clubs and slow time Dragon Shout!" and I go sell their meat for a sweet hat with -100 disposition from PETA members.