Public voice chat on Xbox Live is a wasteland. Before the party system was introduced there was regular communication (how good or bad it was, that's another question), now everyone is either in a party or has their headset in a drawer somewhere. The only people you can hear on, let's say, Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto are two french dudes talking to each other or some guy who left his Kinect on, so you can hear his baby crying in the next room.
Reviewing a console and giving a score is just plain dumb. In a couple of years those systems will be completely different, I mean, look at what the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 were at their launches and what they offer now. You can look at a systems pros and cons at the time of their release, but giving it a score isn't the smartest thing to do.
I have to agree with what believer258 said up to some point, but I don't think that nudity will enhance sexuality in kids. Children in their pre-teens have very limited or no interest in sex and nudity and similar content has no real effect on them because, to put it in simple terms, they don't really care for that stuff. This subject is unappealing to kids at that age, so the only expression from them might be a giggle or two, or limited disgust. You just have to go back and look at yourself at that age and what you thought of nudity and sex. Later, when children get in their teens, of course, they develop an actual interest in sex as their sexuality also develops, so their view to this starts to differ. But I highly doubt that teens looking for sex scenes go to videogames. Thinking about this subject I can't but to think about myself in that age. For example, I could gain access to porn, but I didn't, because I didn't care. If kids don't want to see it, they won't watch. At least that's how it was with me.
Speaking of violence versus sex... well this comes down to our culture. For reasons I can't explain tearing dudes heads off is acceptable to most, but nudity is not. Why it is like this is a whole another discussion. But to answer the question, if I had kids I would let them play M rated games. You just have to pay attention to your kids and what they are playing, and what content is appropriate for their individual situation. Some mature games are appropriate for them, some not. It depends on each kid. At the same time, I sort of believe that kids won't play stuff that they view as disturbing. If a 10 year old doesn't like gore he won't touch Gears of War. But then again, I have no idea what's it like for an adult to deal with kids, so I like to hear opinions of actual parrents.
The very first basement. I sort of got attached to it, probably because Giant Bomb was born there, plus all the "How to Build a Bomb" videos. I certainly didn't get that kind of a vibe from the second, much bigger basement. Then again, maybe it also has to do something with me not liking large rooms. Oh, and I really don't like the new/old office.