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 Rotterdam, 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.

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