We discussed men’s desire for respect here. From the comments,
Doesn’t Ton always say masculinity has to do with the ability to inflict violence? Maybe that is why video games are so appealing; it is playacting at asserting one’s will through the use of imaginary violence. You’d think feminists would be happy about that, but no. They always have to have something to bitch about, I guess.
Self respect is
Being able to do something useful, to build, to fix, to create. To say “I made that, I got it working.”
Using your back and your arms and your legs to accomplish something. Not lifting little pieces of iron in a room for forty minutes. “I walked the Appalachian (5 miles but it was the Appalachian)”
Helping when it really needs to be done and knowing you are able to next time. “Yeah we dug that guy out of the ditch. Good thing I heard him slide off in this blizzard.”
Doing what is right for yourself. Not to a set of laws or a deity. “Hey buddy, you dropped your wallet six blocks back, here ya go. cheers.”
Answering to yourself only. Not to please or impress or spite or avoid anyone or any group. “Yeah I sometimes ride a donkey named Earl. So, it gives him purpose. I also fence, write children’s books, thru hiked the Pacific Crest Now, and likely the only caucasian libertarian taoist MGTOW Canadian you are going to meet. Now go away little person.”
Self respect comes from over coming hardships. The potential for lose due to such hardships, the better it is for the soul…. though the more it sucks at the time
People respect business men because they risk money and social standing. People respect MMA fighters because they risk life, limb and long term health.
Nothing is at stake with video games, unless you are gambling large sums of money on one. Otherwise no risk to life, limb or long term health, or wealth/ social status.
From the above suggestions, we have the ability to do violence, general accomplishments, doing what is right for yourself, overcoming hardships and challenges, and taking risks.
From the above, it would seem that there are many paths to respect. Probably it depends on the person. Furthermore, it also probably depends on the culture that one was raised in and now lives in. The young video gamer types grew up in a culture that totally cares little for males. With no respect to be had, they created their own. Perhaps this is a key idea; that men will find a way to obtain respect. If there is a respect vacuum, they will create a way to fill it. The same likely goes for MGTOWs in general.
P.S. Note that being a father was once a fine path to respect. The idea was that society rewarded men for being good fathers, for preparing the next generation well. Society used respect to achieve its goals. Oddly enough, this is no more.