2. The soundtrack is amazing... it may not be to everyones taste, but I'm not just thinking back with rose-tinted glasses, I've ripped my cd of it several times to make sure I always have it in my library (last time I checked it out was a week ago).
3. Just to set things straight: Vibri is a girl. Her final form is like a fairy princess. It was funny on UPF when everyone kept saying 'he'.
Fade worked in a way similar to how some C64 games did it.. where they would have deliberate blank spaces on the disc that would be ignored while copying, but the game could detect if they weren't there. I recommend people read up on old copy protection methods, they're are some really clever ones.
I love the idea of a game having a subtly degraded experience when it's pirated. However didn't that backfire one some dev a few years ago when their game came out and it quickly spread around that it was a buggy mess... they later came out and said that was only on pirated versions but the damage to the public perception of the game was already done.