About me
Me

Hi, my name is Joeri van der Velden, I've been around for 29 years so far. Game developer by trade. Living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Currently freelancing in VR development. 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, building serious games and full-fledged VR titles.

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.

Titan Souls
Diddy Kong Racing
Holopoint
Pokemon Gold
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Grow Up
Feral Rites
Magicka 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Firewatch
Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
Worms 2
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Killzone 2
Shadow of the Colossus
Elite Dangerous
Crysis 2
Beyond Good & Evil
The Witness
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
The Forest
Turok: Evolution
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Final Fantasy IV
The Signal From Tölva
Settlers 3
Rise of the Tomb Raider
ICO
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
BioShock Infinite
Final Fantasy XIII
TwitchPlaysPokemon
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Spec Ops: The Line
Banjo-Tooie
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
Ridiculous Fishing
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Euclidean
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Prince of Persia (2008)
Job Simulator
Pokemon Diamond
Prey: Mooncrash
Battlefield 2
The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed
Torchlight
New Super Mario Bros.
Snakebird
Super Smash Bros.
Robo Recall
Homeworld 2 Remastered
Refunct
Super Meat Boy
Jamestown
SWAT 4
Pokemon Ruby
Yooka-Laylee
Nioh: Complete Edition
Kerbal Space Program
The Talos Principle
Final Fantasy VIII
Lunar Knights
Wargames
Mark of the Ninja
Call of Duty 2
NieR: Automata
Metroid Prime Hunters
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Human: Fall Flat
Jurassic Park
The Walking Dead
Mercenary Kings
Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
Unreal Tournament 2004
Counter-Strike: Source
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
World of Goo
Company of Heroes
Kingdom Hearts
Gunpoint
Poker Night at the Inventory
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Hitman: Contracts
Far Cry
Homeworld Remastered
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Guacamelee!
Hammerwatch
The Walking Dead: Season Two
Crysis
Bloodborne
Hawken
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube
Antichamber
LIMBO
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Battlefield 1
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
SUPERHOT
Mario Kart 64
DOOM (2016)
The Swapper
Battlefield 3
Bastion
Quake Live
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Proteus
Vanquish
Furi
Golden Sun
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Shelter
Lunar Flight
Battlefield 4
Grand Theft Auto IV
Deadlight
I Expect You To Die
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Receiver
The Beginner's Guide
Warzone 2100
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Orion: Dino Horde
Space Engineers
Tabletop Simulator
SimCity 3000
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone
Insurgency
Jade Empire
Inside
Lylat Wars (Star Fox 64)
Gravity Rush 2
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Psychonauts
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Pokemon GO
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Super Mario Land
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
VVVVVV
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Windlands
Eagle Flight
The Stanley Parable
Mass Effect 3
Rez Infinite
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Half-Life 2
Just Cause 2
Overgrowth
Primal Carnage
Eldritch
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate
Deus Ex
DarkMaus
Battlefield 1942
GunZ: The Duel
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Primal Carnage: Extinction
One Finger Death Punch
FEZ
Half-Life: Opposing Force
Max Payne 3
Sonic and Knuckles
Payday 2
Brigador
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Crysis Warhead
Crysis 3
Teleglitch
Rec Room
Dead Space
The Wolf Among Us
Journey
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Prey (2017)
Goldeneye 007
Dungeon Keeper
TechnoMage
Metro 2033
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Nidhogg
Cave Story
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Don't Starve Together
Clustertruck
Fantastic Contraption
Peter Jackson’s King Kong
Ripcoil
Zeno Clash
House of the Dying Sun
Titanfall 2
FORM
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Duck Game
Tomb Raider Underworld
Lemma
Transistor
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Overwatch
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Team Fortress 2
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Canvas Curse)
F.E.A.R.
Nine Parchments
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Banjo-Kazooie
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Tomb Raider (2013)
Transformers
E.V.O. Search for Eden
BioShock
Garry’s Mod
Dishonored 2
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
SpaceChem
RAGE
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Audiosurf
Left 4 Dead
Project Reality
The Witcher
Magicka
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Dishonored
Half-Life
Sonic 3
Counter-Strike
Command & Conquer: Generals
Final Fantasy XV
Medabots
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
DayZ
Vanquish
Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (Days of Ruin)
Dead Space 3
Settlers 4
Natural Selection 2
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
ENSLAVED: Oddyssey to the West
Technolust
Broken Age
HOARD
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Audioshield
Monument Valley
Max Payne
The Long Dark
Tetris
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Duck Season
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
The Last Guardian
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
Gone Home
Zoo Tycoon
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Hyper Light Drifter
Edge of Nowhere
Lone Survivor
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Metro: Last Light
Half-Life: Blue Shift
Hitman: Codename 47
Worms 3D
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
The Sims
Command & Conquer: Tiberain Sun
To the Moon
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Worms 3D
Mount Your Friends
Brink
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Dark Souls III
Mass Effect
F.E.A.R. 3
Ace Combat Assault Horizon
Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 4
Age of Mythology
ABZÛ
Final Fantasy VII
Left 4 Dead 2
Lucky's Tale
The Unspoken
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
From Dust
Mario Kart DS
The Last of Us
Dead Space 2
Ninja Town
The Witcher 2
Call of Duty: World at War
Super Mario 64
Darksiders
The Darkness
Kirby’s Dream Land 2
Evil Genius
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Chronos
Lone Echo
Pokemon Red
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
PlanetSide 2
BattleBlock Theater
Mass Effect 2
Magicka: Wizard Wars
Gravity Rush
Raptor Valley
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
SimCity 4
Portal
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Portal 2
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Overcooked
Evolve
Into the Breach
Risk of Rain
Time Machine VR
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Broforce
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Deadbolt
Super Mario Galaxy
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Undertale
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
The Climb
Scribblenauts
Pony Island
Pokemon Stadium 2
Revenge of the Titans
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Chrono Trigger
Shadow Warrior
ADR1FT
Dear Esther
Fallout 3
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
FTL: Faster Than Light
Jazz Jackrabbit
Hotline Miami
Doom 3
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
Robinson: The Journey
SUPERHOT VR
Horizon Zero Dawn
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod
Kairo
Space Pirate Trainer
Path of Exile
Mirror’s Edge
Alice: Madness Returns
Capsized
Wanderlust: Rebirth
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Subnautica
Trine
Killing Floor
Dungeon Defenders
Shadow Warrior 2
Quake III Arena
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Okami
Demon’s Souls
Valkyria Chronicles
Grow Home
Dungeon Keeper 2
Game Dev Story
Thirty Flights of Loving
Ultimate Chicken Horse
Zombie Driver
Hitman: Absolution
Freelancer
Guild Wars
Rocket League
Eidolon
Dragon Age: Origins
Hitman: Blood Money
The Darkness II
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
Killing Floor 2
Tower of Guns
Far Cry 3
Fire Emblem
Arma 3
Minecraft
Frozen Synapse
Osmos
The Solus Project
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Shattered Horizon
Alan Wake
Resident Evil 5
Portal Stories: Mel
Hollow Knight
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
Shadow of the Colossus
Thomas Was Alone
Haven: Call of the King
Yoshi’s Story
Halo: Combat Evolved
Luftrausers
Totsugeki! Ponkotsu Tank
BlazeRush
Prey
Braid
Kingdom Hearts II
Terraria
The World Ends With You
Arma 2
Painkiller
Onward