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.

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