It was not awful for me, in fact is one of the best features of Morrowind imho (combat system was by far worse for example). Modern RPG has a lot of things to learn from some old RPGs. The prove is that we can see some successful rpgs released in the last five years using the old systems we found in games 15 and 20 years ago. New doesn't mean better. A good example of an awful and bad system for me is the overrated Skyrim. I can't imagine someone saying good things about the Skyrim npc conversation system tbh.