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.

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