We don't live in Korean, Europe, or Japan. Yea some places in America get that but you drastically over estimate the infrastructure in this country.
You don't need to live in Korea, Japan to experience high speed internet connection.
We are not over estimating anything, the technology is available in most major U.S. cities now, there is a difference between being able to afford something and something does not exist.
As I made a post a few months back already, I got FIOs (fiber) for almost half a year now and the lowest speed rating on Verizon Fios puts me at 15mb/down and supposedly 10mb up but I'm getting symmetric results of 15MB up as well. By all honesty, I'm not paying that much extra either. I had the option to go with AT&T 1MB/sec down for $19.99, Verizon 2MB/sec down for $29.99, or TimeWarner Roadrunner cable 6MB/sec down for $49.99. In the end I chose Verizon FIOS 15MB/down 10MB/up for $59.99 a month.
I take it that you don't know anyone from Korea nor Japan.The average speed Japanese citizens and Korean citizens experience is 60MB/sec download speed. That is average. Funny part is U.S. citizens pays the same amount of money (or even more) for less service.
Google the article, Korea is also deploying the 1GB/sec internet service by 2012. They will also increase the speed and efficiency of wireless connection as well.
In response to the Estimated PC Specs, I have no idea how to answer that. Perhaps it is because I never look at a game's "minimum hardware requirements". I always overkill my new rig's specs, just so it can last me a bit longer before some parts in it becomes obsolete. Generally I change a new PC rig every 3 to 5 years. So to me, spending $2000 for a top of the line lan party rig every 3 to 5 years is a affordable investment.
I'd like to spend $2000 every 3 to 5 on a machine that is versatile. Rather than spending $500 every year building a budget rig that might or might not work with the next best thing.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
German philosopher (1788 - 1860)