Interpreter Basic is a ancient and cruel form of torture supported by masochists and the ingnorant.
A joke I'm sure, but don't be so dismissive. A tiny number of us were assembling back in the day, an increasing number of people who had to have abstraction used proto C (You talk about torture - they loved error reports), but there was a mass of people who were introduced to microprocessors via Basic (go find the philosophy behind it's development), Fortran, Pascal (later) forth etc. ALL of those pioneers provide the shoulders that we now stand on. The C used in Arduino is stripped down and has to be the easiest implementation I have ever come across and yet it still throws errors from artefacts, at least Basic has the good manners to point out the error and only the error
And what exactly is wrong with a goto? It just provides a method for stepping over code, structures like 'case' do the goto's for you. In fact, if you read the reference, you'll find a goto. Anyone can write sloppy code in any language. If you want to be dogmatic and write tight code, pick up the data sheet and start assembling.
The advocates of all languages look down their noses at the other language users, however, if you see someone smiling quietly to himself, trying not to look too aloof, he'll be the assembler in the room
For a real insight, writing languages (and even small OS's) is fun, everyone should try it.