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.

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