The average XBLA connection is about equal to Excellent on Kaillera, which is very playable. I get a lot of games that are basically equal to LAN, and that’s not because they are in the same state as me, for example Konqrr lives in Utah and I live in NJ. We have flawless, lagless netplay everytime we play 1 on 1, and most of the time with multiple people, however, I usually get about Kaillera “Good” quality connection level to anyone else if I’m in a game with him, even if they live on the East Coast. In order to benefit from LAN on Kaillera you need to both have less than 30ms to a server. On top of that, there is always someone to play 24-7 even now so many months after release. The competitive scene is getting better. If you decide to pick it up, join ultimatemk.com and get the heads up from the community we’ve been building.
Side note, is that Denise Milani as your av?