Your fps will always be garbage in intermediate mode, try using a draw list or vbo.
No no no no no.
Immediate mode is slower than the other methods for sure, but it's not that much slower. You don't get such dramatic framerate drops from it, particularly with such a simple scene (as polycounts really ramp up it's expected, but with basic scenes it's performance is roughly equivalent to the others). Remember - Quake used immediate mode and didn't suffer overly much from it.
Please don't recommend VBOs (or display lists) as a "solution" every time you see immediate mode code - the real cause of the problem may very well be elsewhere (as, indeed, it was in this case).
I'm not advising that it's OK to use immediate mode here, by the way; I am recommending that you should properly diagnose the problem before recommending a solution, rather than jump to conclusions.
Graphics card makers only optimize their hardware for vbo's these days so its not unreasonable to assume legacy functions can cause all sorts of performance problems.
The ability to barter items for items helps keep loot somewhat useful while discourage the player from hording gold though makes it frustrating when npc's demand more gold than physically exists in the world for their services.
DDT's an interesting one. There's a body of opinion that banning it has killed more people (from malaria) than using it would have done. That is; although it's dangerous, it's better than the mosquitos having a good time.
Except that's a lie, DDT was only banned for agricultural use in developed nations. DDT was only stopped for anti malaria use in undeveloped countries because of DDT resistant mosquitoes.
Mass Effect because gameplay and story work together instead of one killing the other. I like how even during exposition I feel like I'm doing something instead of just watching.
For me to feel true immersion I need a good story and interesting world unlike most western games but I also need the story told through gameplay and environments instead of relying on long cut scenes like most Japanese games do.