Sam Tarakajian (who doubles as my very first podcast interview...) was a recent participant at NodeJS Interactive, giving a quick overview keynote about the Max 8 "Node for Max" project. It's a flyby on the material, but it might give you a sense of the thinking behind it - and why it might matter for projects that you are involved in.
I know that, for myself, most of the large-scale work I've done in the last few years has involved Node in one way or another. I often had to cobble up interfaces to get things talking; now, the whole game has been formalized, and it is so much easier to bring these projects home.
Thanks to Sam for bringing Max into the bright lights of the JS world!