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.

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