Originally Posted by Sacred_Path
I'm fine with "flavor crowds" as your screenshots seem to imply. Just don't let me walk into an empty market square when suddenly "a lynch mob appears and howls for your blood!".
edit: by "being fine" I still mean it's unnecessary. You put hordes of NPC's in a game to enhance people's immersion. However, if those hordes weren't visible seconds ago, you're actually breaking people's immersion.