Not only does Skies of Arcadia make references to Moby Dick. But there are also passing references to 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. The Giant Squid. And to Robinson Crusoe, they crew member that is shipwrecked is named Robinson.
Skies of Arcadia was the first Overworks-developed title to make it to the US.
The graphic information for an area's battle graphics and enemies is not stored in memory. The Dreamcast fetches this information individually for each battle you encounter. Depending on the condition of the dreamcast, the loading effect is sometimes quite audible as a soft 'squeeking' noise (not uncommon among cd-roms and players). Why this is important is that with Skies of Arcadia it's quite possible to "hear" a random battle being loaded up (sometimes up to 10 seconds before the actual event) from the game's cd... letting the player quickly access the menu screen beforehand to use items, or maybe to just get the player prepared.
Normally whenever you insert a Dreamcast game into the CD-ROM drive of your computer, you cannot access any of the data that is on it (this is because Dreamcast games are GD-ROMs). However, if you insert either Disc One or Disc Two of Skies Of Arcadia into your computer, you can save to your hard drive a cool looking wallpaper of Vyse, Aika and Fina!
This game has the largest "rumble effect" I've seen on any game or any platform. It was not uncommon to have a mild effect during air battles only to have it rumble at earthquake levels when I went to open a normal-looking door.
Seiyuu Yui Horie, who played Fina in the Japanese version of Skies of Arcadia, can also be heard as the hot-headed Naru Narusegawa in the anime series "Love Hina". Talk about a vast contrast!
"Skies of Arcadia" contains some interesting references to the famous novel "Moby Dick". Captain Drachma, whose entire life is dedicated to exterminating the Archwhale, is an obvious parallel to Captain Ahab. Also note that one of your crew members' name is Ismael.
Skies of Arcadia was censored in its U.S. version. Some changes include Gilder's little smoking habit (he used to pop a cigarette into his mouth in some of his victory poses), making Loqua a juice instead of an alcoholic drink, changing Belleza's dancer disguise (it was semi-transparent in some of the more *AHEM*...conspicuous places...), and making Vigoro less of a filthy sex fiend in his passes to Aika (he was REALLY perverted in the Japanese version).
The development team behind Skies of Arcadia was OverWorks, a Sega development team best known for producing the beloved Phantasy Star series on the Sega Master System and Genesis. In fact, Skies of Arcadia was produced by Reiko Kodama, who helped produce and co-create the first Phantasy Star!
And speaking of the first Phantasy Star, anyone want to guess who helped program it? How about none other than Sonic Team head Yuji Naka? ^_^