This is a really hard one for me, because I have A LOT of memories from the past 8 or 9 years with friends I have made because of PSO and PSU.
I would LIKE to say the entire 9 years is my favorite "moment" in the franchise for me, because of all the wonderful friendships and precious memories I've had. Staying up through the night and early morning with my friends on Vent, hunting a rare item, or just even talking about life or things we enjoy. The people I've met through the series are some of the best friends I've ever had. I still have several friends that I met online, on PSO ALL the way back in 2001.
But I think the most memorable times for me are the PSO dreamcast days. PSO v1 was my first ever online game, I picked up on impulse for one of my birthday presents.. PSO v2 had just came out in Japan, and I imported it. I just had to have it. It was an addicting game, and not only that, an addictin commuity. Not only was PSO my first online game, it was also my first online community (these forums) The entire summer of 2001 is probably my favorite time in the franchise. Everything was all new to me, and I made so many friends playing PSO. (some of which I still have to this day!)
The only time in the franchise that can even come clos to this is the majority of 2007 on PSU. Which was pretty much a relapse of my summer on PSO back in 2001, but a little more conveniant. A bunch of friends all got ventrillo and just would talk a lot while playing the game we loved.
I remember back last year, around this time, when the easter lobby's came out, me, dragwind, and a few others just kept hunting for Rappy paskas so we could get a halp serafi for ourselves, and all of our friends, since most people had missed out on them the year before, since they were much harder to get.
I guess its not so much the games, as much as it is the experience I have with people because of the games.
some random screenshots to go with the whole "memories" thing:
They may not look like much, and most of them are inside jokes, but they definatley mean something to me.
That was a lot longer then I expected it to be, woopsie!