I actually find the after 9PM CST time to 2AM CST the best time to game on any platform.
I agree completely, from an FPS standpoint anyways, not sure about modern MPOGS as I haven't played them since the ASCII days.
During primetime, the kids are still up, but from 10pm to about 4am you get the drunks and druggies and just normal people that want to have fun and have a good time. At some point you start seeing the Europeans waking up but they seem more mature. Then the North American kids wake up before school and flood the servers with stupidity.
I usually pass out around then, but if you're up after school around 3pm through primetime it get's really bad, then the closer you get to midnight the more reasonable it gets.
It's all about timing. Avoid the masses.
P.S. Can we keep this as primarily as a PC Game site? Leave the PS3 vs 360 bashing for Morning Consolization where the rest of us don't have to read it.
PC vs Consoles can go anywhere.