In America, we play ping pong, usually hunched over the table in some basement rec room. I used to with my best friend, and it also included a few cold ones. I, of course, didn't win too often. He owned the table. Home court advantage. In the rest of the world, they play table tennis, sometimes in front of large, cheering crowds. I wonder if they actually televise the games? I can't imagine sitting in front of the tv and watching.
If you want to see an example of the difference between the two games, check out this mind-bending shot by Swedish professional Mattias Oversjo. These boys are serious.
It's so amazing, you get to see it three times.