Never play people that don’t have green bars. If you can;t find green bars something is wrong: maybe your connection sucks, maybe your internet is being used for other things, maybe your router is too far away, maybe your router sucks, maybe your router isn’t set up to recognize your XBOX as a priority device. Also if you have an old xbox and use a wireless adapter you will get some lag.
Connections are quite good enough online. It isn’t perfect, but certainly not any worse than the lag you might get on an old (new?) TV/LCD. A bad connection is where you are putting in combo “links” visibly before you see the first move complete. A good connection is where the first move looks almost entirely complete and its hard to tell.
Reaction Flashkicks online (I’m using stick and I suck with both stick and Guile):
As far as plateaus go. I have one major piece of advice. STOP CONCENTRATING ON WINNING AND START CONCENTRATING ON LEARNING. Seriously, try new/wierd shit out. Copy another player who plays entirely different. Try and have fun, troll people instead of just trying to win. Try to rely on really difficult things to do, then try to rely only on the simplest of simple tactics. Tank your rating, start all over, and work your way back up. Don’t care about points wins or losses, except at a tournament or when you tell yourself you are playing only to win.