David Nelson has broken many world records while competing in classic arcade championships at the Funspot Family Fun Center in Weirs Beach, New Hampshire. As of 2008, David Nelson held more than 20 world records on arcade and console game titles.
In competitive play, Nelson took third place in the 2001 Classic Video Game World Championship. In 2006, David Nelson won two major divisional championships at the 2006 Funspot Classic Arcade Tournament, June 1–4, 2006. He won the "Color" competition, which featured a high-score contest on 10 different titles from the 1980-1985 era and he won the "Monochrome" Division, which featured titles from the 1970s. The year before, in 2005, at Funspot, he was co-crowned the 2005 "Player of the Year", sharing the title with Michael Sao Pedro of Massachusetts.
On November 11, 2005, David Nelson was designated Team Captain of the New England Chapter of the U.S. National Video Game Team. After years as a volunteer referee with Twin Galaxies, David Nelson was elevated to the position of Senior Referee and then, in 2008, assigned to the post of Chief Referee. Nelson was the presiding referee at the World Record Weekend competition held at the Challenge Arcade in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, September 18–21, 2008—an official event to qualify for inclusion in the Guinness World Records- Gamer's Edition.
Chronology of significant world records
Gaming achievements that hold 1st Place in the World
|3/1/2000||X Games Pro Boarder||3,982||Home Submission||PlayStation|
|2/8/05||Warlords||96,125||Home Submission||MAME - INP|
|6/4/06||Super Princess Peach-Fastest||23.470||Funspot||Nintendo DS|
- David Nelson's High-Score Records
- "Funspot-Twin Galaxies Arcade Tournament Coverage, Gamespy.com, June, 2000". Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
- Classic Videogame World Championships -- Retrieved from www.gamersmark.com, May 16, 2002.
- Spyhunter.com June, 2006.
- The U.S. National Video Game Team to hold tryouts, November 11, 2005.
- David Nelson Promoted to Chief Referee, June 15, 2006.
- Twin Galaxies to attend World Record Weekend at Challenge Arcade, September 8, 2008.
- Twin Galaxies Rankings for X Games Pro Boarder.
- Twin Galaxies Rankings for Avalanche.
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