About me
Me

Hi, my name is Joeri van der Velden, I've been around for 30 years so far. Professional game developer by trade. Living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Doing freelance work 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.

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 games for PC, mobile and virtual reality.

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.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
The Wolf Among Us
Holopoint
Ninja Town
Dear Esther
ABZÛ
Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Keeper 2
Orion: Dino Horde
Hitman: Blood Money
Demon’s Souls
Robinson: The Journey
Budget Cuts
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Heat Signature
Subnautica
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Insurgency
DOOM (2016)
Worms 2
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
New Super Mario Bros.
Zoo Tycoon
Lunar Flight
The Last Guardian
SimCity 3000
Worms 3D
Settlers 4
Kingdom Hearts
Broforce
Guacamelee!
Bastion
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Unreal Tournament 2004
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Fire Emblem
Super Meat Boy
Technolust
Guild Wars
Killing Floor
Quake Live
Kingdom Hearts II
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Hitman: Absolution
Brigador
Clustertruck
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The World Ends With You
Kerbal Space Program
Kingdom Hearts III
Alice: Madness Returns
A Short Hike
Trine
Audiosurf
Terraria
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Deadlight
Proteus
Thirty Flights of Loving
Duck Game
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Diddy Kong Racing
Undertale
Half-Life: Opposing Force
Deadbolt
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Overwatch
FORM
Super Mario 64
Human: Fall Flat
Haven: Call of the King
Overgrowth
Far Cry 3
Peter Jackson’s King Kong
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube
Shadow Warrior
TwitchPlaysPokemon
Tomb Raider (2013)
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep
Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming
HOARD
Homeworld 2 Remastered
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
SUPERHOT VR
Gravity Rush
Hollow Knight
Shattered Horizon
Monument Valley
Project Reality
House of the Dying Sun
BattleBlock Theater
Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel
Sonic and Knuckles
Luftrausers
The Climb
Gravity Rush 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
BioShock
Metro: Last Light
Pyre
BioShock Infinite
Final Fantasy IV
Receiver
Resident Evil 6
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Counter-Strike
Minit
The Last of Us
Jurassic Park
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Wanderlust: Rebirth
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Witness
Snakebird
Feral Rites
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
Transformers
SWAT 4
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Eidolon
Arma 3
Pokemon GO
The Darkness II
Dark Souls III
Grow Home
Inside
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Banjo-Tooie
The Stanley Parable
Transistor
Half-Life 2
Teleglitch
Accounting+
Prince of Persia (2008)
Game Dev Story
Overcooked
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Payday 2
GunZ: The Duel
Killzone 2
The Beginner's Guide
Super Smash Bros.
Lunar Knights
Mario Kart DS
MORDHAU
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
God of War
Fugue in Void
Left 4 Dead
Medabots
Broken Age
Banjo-Kazooie
Dead Space
Resident Evil 5
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Fallout 3
Refunct
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Baba Is You
Risk of Rain
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Brink
Scribblenauts
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
One Finger Death Punch
Goldeneye 007
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (Days of Ruin)
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Battlefield 2
BlazeRush
Poker Night at the Inventory
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
Magicka
Warzone 2100
Mass Effect 2
Evolve
Lylat Wars (Star Fox 64)
Portal 2
Minecraft
Tower of Guns
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Robo Recall
Prey (2017)
The Sims
ICO
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Kairo
Windlands
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
F.E.A.R.
Job Simulator
Valkyria Chronicles
Land's End
Audioshield
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Pokemon Stadium 2
The Unspoken
I Expect You To Die
Crysis Warhead
Final Fantasy VIII
PlanetSide 2
Command & Conquer: Generals
Age of Mythology
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Half-Life: Blue Shift
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
Final Fantasy XIII
Vanquish
Vader Immortal
Torchlight
Counter-Strike: Source
SUPERHOT
Golden Sun
Lucky's Tale
Edge of Nowhere
Zeno Clash
Euclidean
Mass Effect
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Mass Effect 3
Final Fantasy XV
Ripcoil
The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed
Prey: Mooncrash
Journey
Command & Conquer: Tiberain Sun
The Walking Dead
Yoshi’s Story
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Garry’s Mod
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Raptor Valley
Lone Survivor
Psychonauts
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Hammerwatch
Osmos
Horizon Zero Dawn
Ultimate Chicken Horse
Capsized
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Mount Your Friends
Virtual Virtual Reality
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Hotline Miami
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Portal
Company of Heroes
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Evil Genius
NieR: Automata
Doom 3
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
Alan Wake
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Rez Infinite
Trax (Totsugeki! Ponkotsu Tank)
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
Zombie Driver
TechnoMage
Chrono Trigger
Cave Story
SpaceChem
Battlefield 1942
Nidhogg
Max Payne
DayZ
The Solus Project
Eagle Flight
Tomb Raider Underworld
Primal Carnage: Extinction
Pokemon Ruby
Path of Exile
LIMBO
Team Fortress 2
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Halo: Combat Evolved
FEZ
SimCity 4
Jamestown
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
To the Moon
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Kirby’s Dream Land 2
Magicka 2
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Lemma
Left 4 Dead 2
Fantastic Contraption
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
The Forest
Jazz Jackrabbit
Turok: Evolution
Far Cry
Final Fantasy VII
Dead Space 3
Just Cause 2
Shadow of the Colossus
The Darkness
DarkMaus
Quake III Arena
Hyper Light Drifter
Call of Duty: World at War
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Dungeon Defenders
Spec Ops: The Line
ADR1FT
Nine Parchments
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Tabletop Simulator
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Space Engineers
Dead Space 2
E.V.O. Search for Eden
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Mercenary Kings
Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Darksiders
Revenge of the Titans
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
Apex Legends
Crysis 3
Mark of the Ninja
Rocket League
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Ridiculous Fishing
From Dust
Super Mario Galaxy
Prey
Battlefield 1
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Dishonored
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
The Witcher 2
Natural Selection 2
Homeworld Remastered
Battlefield 3
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
World of Goo
RAGE
Resident Evil 4
Eldritch
Nioh: Complete Edition
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Shelter
Tetris
Mirror’s Edge
Titanfall 2
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
Onward
Half-Life
Pokemon Gold
Super Mario Land
Metro 2033
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
The Walking Dead: Season Two
FTL: Faster Than Light
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Max Payne 3
Into the Breach
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate
Space Pirate Trainer
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Painkiller
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Grand Theft Auto IV
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Call of Duty 2
Metroid Prime Hunters
The Long Dark
Deltarune (chapter 1)
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Yooka-Laylee
Duck Season
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
Magicka: Wizard Wars
Shadow of the Colossus
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Thomas Was Alone
Apex Construct
Dragon Age: Origins
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Hitman: Codename 47
Worms 3D
Lone Echo
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
Vanquish
Beyond Good & Evil
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Arma 2
Bloodborne
Primal Carnage
Furi
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Elite Dangerous
Chronos
VVVVVV
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Portal Stories: Mel
Mario Kart 64
Ace Combat Assault Horizon
Killing Floor 2
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Gone Home
The Signal From Tölva
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Pokemon Diamond
Rec Room
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Settlers 3
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
Battlefield 4
Jade Empire
Okami
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Deus Ex
Freelancer
Titan Souls
Grow Up
Hitman: Contracts
Don't Starve Together
West of Loathing
Hawken
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
F.E.A.R. 3
Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Canvas Curse)
Dishonored 2
Crysis 2
The Talos Principle
Time Machine VR
Wargames
Crysis
The Swapper
Braid
Pony Island
Sonic 3
Frozen Synapse
Pokemon Red
Antichamber
The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone
Gunpoint
The Witcher
Firewatch
ENSLAVED: Oddyssey to the West
Shadow Warrior 2