CGD Game Night sounds like a good forum to start.
There is a mod for incorporating videos from other sites... I can look into installing that. Once SMF 2.1 becomes a release Candidate... we will upgrade. this will give us some of the features MasterMario is looking for... IE calling out members using @mastermario. It's currently a mod for our version, but hasn't been updated in a year. I could try to install it to see if it successfully installed. I'm still looking into a gallery concept - though trying to understand what about the xenforo gallery is appealing - or how to implement something like that here.
Forum Games - we used to do that, it was popular, and it fell off... but definitely would look into it again. Man... Flash games really fell off the face of the Earth lol. Those used to be the rage.
We have a Discord and steam group now... it would be cool to start centering some stuff around those - per your idea. So there's opportunity for both for posting outside. Definitely will look to expand these offerings. Discord link is in the PUBG section:https://www.chickendinnergaming.com/forum/index.php?topic=7.0
Last - Is the forum really stone age / outdated? See... I get where social media went and how sites are created now. Lack of focus and most content centered on "right now" in a top to bottom vertical fashion (in comments for the event). Where all comments are centered around each event... but not so much a community. It has become about the "me." But maybe we need to look at structuring a certain way.
I know this community will start small and slow. Purposefully... I haven't done a lot of SEO or publishing - yet. I've invited several old members. I see a few came back. If anyone wants to invite people - I say do it and get more people here.