Originally Posted by DustCropper
America is ranked 16th in terms of internet access per-capita. A lot of Americans don't have reliable internet access, which is why many Americans complain about this aspect of Steam. So I wouldn't say online activation is "an American thing".
That's true, but a lot of the Americans without internet live in rural areas and really don't comprise the amount that are always online and gaming. I would think Americans still have a large percentage online even with most of the country still having the resort to dialup (no joke!).
However, I have many podunk type relatives who probably would be playing online at all times of the day if they had a reliable connection where they live.