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Steam Now Lets You Compare Download Speeds with the Rest of the World

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Annoyed with your crappy internet provider, bad connection and slow download speeds? Well, as Steam's stats show, you are not alone.

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Spotted by r/steam and r/games, the Steam Global Traffic Map's newly-implemented feature lets you look at a list of average download rates for each country, grouped by service providers. So you could, for example, head over to the interactive map and click on the state of New York to get this:

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Or click on some middle-of-nowhere Eastern Bloc country and get this:

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Click here if you wanna play around with the map yourself. Should be a fun diversion, at least for a couple minutes. The highlights? Probably Japan and, as commenter Bloodr0se points out, South Korea:

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Damn.

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Man, I moved to Japan expecting great internet. In high school and for some time afterwards when I dropped out of college to take care of my sick dad and the farm, I lived in a mountain village where the internet was about the slowest possible DSL you imagine, I don't remember the exact speed but it was like 300kb/s - so not that great, but I could still play WoW with a yellow latency. Of course I had great internet in college and when I lived in the city, but I was really hoping that when I moved to Japan I would be blown away by the speeds.
Of course after I got my job with the Japanese government I found I was placed in ... a mountain village. The internet is basically the same speed as it was for me back in the US. If it wasn't for tethering to my phone's high speed connection I might have gone insane by now... and the phone's 8gb/month limit really doesn't help.

Err, I'm not trying to say my anecdotal evidence somehow disproves the amazingly good speeds for Japan, just that I have pretty terrible luck.