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.

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