For those who don't know I'm in South Africa, which happens to be very much mixed between first and third world. You can go from areas with 5 star hotels and anything you can get in the US or Europe to areas nearby which don't even have running water in houses. I'm pretty well off but sometimes I come up with other frustrations that most other furs probably don't even realise. So this is my little rant about the internet.
Internet in South Africa sucks (122nd out of 180 countries). I've at times had to struggle to explain to US furs that my internet is capped, that there is a maximum amount of data I can transfer per month. Last year I think it was either 5 or 8 gigs a month. Just think of that and how much data it takes just browsing everything, updating, playing on-line and, especially, downloading games. You'd run out in no time. That's one of the major reasons I'm very anti-Steam. Downloading a game might work in the US but when a game is a 5 gig download and that's all you get per month it's just not a realistic system.
This year my internet got upgraded to uncapped. Now I can download as much as I want, which is great. However then I run into problem 2, connection speed. This is very important for large downloads and gaming on-line (both of which I basically gave up on years ago). My connection speed for the last few years has been 0,37mbps. It would literally take me days if I had tried to download a game. That's supposed to increase this year to 1mbps, three times faster.
The fastest internet in SA is apparently 10mbps but the average speed is 3,4mbps. I'm definitely below average for here but globally it looks even more ridiculous. The global broadband average is 12,7mbps! The fastest speed in the country is below the global average!
I suppose I can't expect game companies to necessarily pay attention to a tiny market here but at least you can understand why I dislike things like Steam and what things are like elsewhere.[link]