There are plenty of system link games that support chat. Splinter Cell: Conviction is about the newest one I can think of. As for the distance, we're about stories apart. He rents out the basement of my house.
Just looking for someone to confirm that this is, indeed an issue and that I'm just not missing some step.
dornbush, any news on the voice chat issue? by chance, are any of the players in your system link game only on xbox live silver? i was going to get this game for my wife tonight, but her xbox acct. only has silver account, i'm assuming the system link would allow both of us to play regardless. thanks.