I got an xbox for Christmas, but have played Halo (1) with friends for quite some time. Basically, i'm about a 5 or 6 on a scale from 1-10. Not a noob, but not 'elite'.
I play on XBC and it seems that each time I play a Halo 1 match, it's a team of 9's playing a team of 5's and we get owned. I had one team the other day get their 3/5 BG caps and then just park around our base and spawn kill for literally 15 minutes...
My router isn't compatible with XBL (yet) - it's a Netgear WGR614v5.
Any ideas on how I can play some fun games with even teams? is there something in particular I need to look for?
Also, I lag on occasion; is there a way to lower my ping by tweaking settings or is it based on geographical location?