About me
Me

Hi, my name is Joeri van der Velden, I've been around for 28 years so far. Game developer by trade. Living in Delft, the Netherlands. I'm currently employed at Vertigo Games and doing freelance jobs on the side. I have a MSc degree Game and Media Technology from the Utrecht University, and a BSc degree in Computer Science from the Delft University of Technology. My plan for life is pretty straightforward: create some awesome games!

You can find my various social media profiles and accounts in the top-right of this page. For more personal stuff, continue reading below.

Personal
Void Machina

Games have always been a big part of my life. During my teenage years I developed an interest in programming and game development through Game Maker. Over time I finished a few small games and accumulated tons of unfinished projects. In 2007 I got the opportunity to participate in the national Make-a-Game contest, where I won the Contestant Jury Prize. This was the validation I needed to choose game development as a career.

During those years I also joined the Mr. Green gaming community. Managing and modding gameservers taught me a lot about professional game engines, community management and the larger gaming ecosystem. I developed gamemodes for Garry's Mod, such as Infected Wars (featured in PC Gamer UK).

In my time at university I immersed myself in the Dutch games industry. I was part of the Indievelopment 2015 organisation comittee. Eventually I ended up in the games industry in Rotterdam, from serious games to full-fledged VR games.

Vision
Shadow of the Colossus

Videogames have become the largest entertainment industry in modern society. They come in many shapes and forms, from mobile time wasters to big-budget titles that ship millions of copies. Every gamer plays for different reasons, looking for different experiences. I personally look for games that immerse me in a different world and allow me explore, and I love to play games that evoke strong emotions. This is why Virtual Reality sold itself to me on day one, and I've been busy with VR ever since.

These are the kind of games I hope to make. However, I'm well aware of the effort required. My results can be found on the project page!

Gaming
Half-Life

The PC is my home ground. I have a few game genres I usually gravitate to, but in the end I like every game that immerses and challenges me while bringing something interesting to the table. I've had several game consoles in the past, and still own a Playstation 3 / 4 for the occasional exclusive title. Still most of my game time is spend in my Steam library, powered by my gaming rig or laptop (see my hardware inventory).

Since 2012 I'm a believer in the new wave of virtual reality gaming, brought upon by the Oculus Rift. I was amongst the first 200 Kickstarter backers, and I've been following Oculus and VR gaming closely ever since.

Games I've played

This is a randomized (and probably incomplete) list of some of the games I've enjoyed over the years.

Halo: Combat Evolved
Transistor
Half-Life: Blue Shift
Counter-Strike: Source
Zoo Tycoon
SimCity 3000
PlanetSide 2
Kerbal Space Program
Chronos
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
Hawken
ABZÛ
Space Pirate Trainer
The Talos Principle
Sonic 3
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
Natural Selection 2
Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
Fantastic Contraption
DOOM (2016)
Prey
Pokemon Diamond
Fallout 3
Robo Recall
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Ridiculous Fishing
Dead Space 3
Just Cause 2
The World Ends With You
Thirty Flights of Loving
Diddy Kong Racing
Kingdom Hearts
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube
Half-Life
Crysis 2
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
ICO
Call of Duty 2
The Darkness II
RAGE
The Witcher
Onward
Grow Home
Revenge of the Titans
Crysis
Final Fantasy XV
Zeno Clash
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Luftrausers
Ninja Town
Battlefield 1942
Jazz Jackrabbit
FTL: Faster Than Light
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Dragon Age: Origins
Alan Wake
Lone Survivor
Technolust
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Deus Ex
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Max Payne 3
Demon’s Souls
Shadow of the Colossus
Freelancer
Elite Dangerous
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
To the Moon
Counter-Strike
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Risk of Rain
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
The Swapper
Journey
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
Tabletop Simulator
Hammerwatch
SpaceChem
Audioshield
Battlefield 2
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Far Cry
Pokemon Ruby
Pokemon Gold
Gravity Rush
Wargames
Max Payne
The Solus Project
The Walking Dead
Brink
TwitchPlaysPokemon
Transformers
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Windlands
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Jamestown
Guacamelee!
Metro: Last Light
Unreal Tournament 2004
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Worms 2
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Dark Souls III
The Sims
The Darkness
Euclidean
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Valkyria Chronicles
Left 4 Dead
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Goldeneye 007
Bloodborne
Cave Story
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Monument Valley
Magicka: Wizard Wars
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Shadow Warrior 2
Portal
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Ace Combat Assault Horizon
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Wanderlust: Rebirth
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Furi
New Super Mario Bros.
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Snakebird
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Zombie Driver
Final Fantasy IV
Haven: Call of the King
Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate
Grand Theft Auto IV
Worms 3D
Psychonauts
ADR1FT
Shelter
SUPERHOT VR
Hyper Light Drifter
FEZ
Banjo-Kazooie
Arma 3
Deadlight
Medabots
The Walking Dead: Season Two
Peter Jackson’s King Kong
Portal Stories: Mel
Metro 2033
Overwatch
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Primal Carnage: Extinction
BioShock Infinite
The Beginner's Guide
Broken Age
Orion: Dino Horde
Battlefield 1
Mount Your Friends
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Gunpoint
The Unspoken
Hotline Miami
Hitman: Blood Money
Golden Sun
Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Canvas Curse)
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
Vanquish
Warzone 2100
Ripcoil
Garry’s Mod
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Left 4 Dead 2
Kirby’s Dream Land 2
Super Mario Land
Metroid Prime Hunters
Duck Game
Antichamber
Project Reality
BioShock
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Lucky's Tale
GunZ: The Duel
Dungeon Keeper 2
Lunar Flight
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Path of Exile
Chrono Trigger
Settlers 3
Thomas Was Alone
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Mass Effect
F.E.A.R.
Mario Kart DS
Ultimate Chicken Horse
NieR: Automata
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
The Last of Us
Guild Wars
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Command & Conquer: Generals
Frozen Synapse
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Totsugeki! Ponkotsu Tank
The Stanley Parable
Clustertruck
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
The Long Dark
Mass Effect 2
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Deadbolt
Mario Kart 64
Super Meat Boy
Command & Conquer: Tiberain Sun
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
Evolve
Eldritch
Spec Ops: The Line
Shattered Horizon
Space Engineers
Arma 2
Quake Live
Broforce
Homeworld Remastered
Raptor Valley
Final Fantasy XIII
Turok: Evolution
SimCity 4
The Last Guardian
Yoshi’s Story
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
Fire Emblem
Trine
Age of Mythology
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Receiver
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod
Quake III Arena
Homeworld 2 Remastered
Banjo-Tooie
Super Mario 64
Lylat Wars (Star Fox 64)
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Terraria
Time Machine VR
From Dust
Nidhogg
Proteus
Killing Floor 2
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Jurassic Park
Lunar Knights
Dishonored
Pokemon GO
Hitman: Codename 47
Magicka 2
Titanfall 2
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
Darksiders
Settlers 4
Final Fantasy VII
Mercenary Kings
Kingdom Hearts II
Firewatch
Rec Room
Payday 2
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Doom 3
Evil Genius
Jade Empire
F.E.A.R. 3
Painkiller
Super Mario Galaxy
Half-Life 2
BlazeRush
Sonic and Knuckles
Refunct
Gone Home
Primal Carnage
Inside
Beyond Good & Evil
Teleglitch
HOARD
Killzone 2
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Don't Starve Together
Far Cry 3
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Alice: Madness Returns
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Insurgency
Dead Space 2
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Lemma
SWAT 4
Job Simulator
Dungeon Keeper
Minecraft
DayZ
Kairo
SUPERHOT
Horizon Zero Dawn
Mark of the Ninja
Worms 3D
Hitman: Contracts
The Witness
I Expect You To Die
Super Smash Bros.
One Finger Death Punch
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Prince of Persia (2008)
Dear Esther
Eidolon
Mirror’s Edge
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Undertale
LIMBO
DarkMaus
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Portal 2
Holopoint
Bastion
ENSLAVED: Oddyssey to the West
Company of Heroes
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Half-Life: Opposing Force
Edge of Nowhere
Killing Floor
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
The Witcher 2
Resident Evil 5
Pokemon Red
World of Goo
Torchlight
Final Fantasy VIII
The Wolf Among Us
The Climb
Overcooked
E.V.O. Search for Eden
Dungeon Defenders
Hitman: Absolution
Poker Night at the Inventory
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Okami
Mass Effect 3
Tomb Raider Underworld
Audiosurf
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Crysis 3
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Game Dev Story
Team Fortress 2
Pokemon Stadium 2
Resident Evil 4
Magicka
Grow Up
VVVVVV
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Tetris
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
Scribblenauts
Feral Rites
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Overgrowth
Call of Duty: World at War
Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (Days of Ruin)
The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Tower of Guns
Dead Space
Titan Souls
Braid
Crysis Warhead
Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Shadow Warrior
Capsized
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Tomb Raider (2013)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
Battlefield 4
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Rocket League
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
Resident Evil 6
Battlefield 3
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
Osmos
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed