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.

Thomas Was Alone
Homeworld 2 Remastered
The Swapper
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Grand Theft Auto IV
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Prey
The Walking Dead
Painkiller
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube
VVVVVV
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Mount Your Friends
Frozen Synapse
Gunpoint
The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
Killing Floor
Dishonored
Transistor
Orion: Dino Horde
The Wolf Among Us
Portal 2
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Far Cry 3
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
LIMBO
Clustertruck
Broken Age
Mass Effect
Dungeon Defenders
Psychonauts
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Shelter
Job Simulator
Far Cry
Rez Infinite
The Witness
Deltarune (chapter 1)
Pokemon Red
Jade Empire
To the Moon
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Resident Evil 5
Settlers 3
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
Fantastic Contraption
Half-Life 2
BioShock Infinite
Lunar Knights
Super Mario 64
Overwatch
Mercenary Kings
Deus Ex
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
ICO
SUPERHOT
Path of Exile
West of Loathing
Kirby’s Dream Land 2
Project Reality
Shadow Warrior 2
The Signal From Tölva
The Long Dark
Receiver
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
A Short Hike
Shadow Warrior
Settlers 4
Baba Is You
Magicka 2
Battlefield 3
F.E.A.R.
GunZ: The Duel
Portal Stories: Mel
New Super Mario Bros.
Terraria
Wargames
Lunar Flight
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
Peter Jackson’s King Kong
Audioshield
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Battlefield 1
BioShock
Duck Season
The Darkness
Dragon Age: Origins
RAGE
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Firewatch
Mass Effect 2
SUPERHOT VR
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
DOOM (2016)
Time Machine VR
Wanderlust: Rebirth
Vader Immortal
The Sims
Risk of Rain
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Apex Legends
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Space Pirate Trainer
Guacamelee!
Call of Duty: World at War
The Witcher 2
Counter-Strike: Source
Left 4 Dead
Lone Survivor
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Elite Dangerous
Nioh: Complete Edition
Metroid Prime Hunters
Magicka
Call of Duty 2
Braid
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
TechnoMage
Deadbolt
Feral Rites
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Pokemon Diamond
Hyper Light Drifter
Horizon Zero Dawn
Kingdom Hearts II
Hitman: Codename 47
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Snakebird
Evil Genius
The Unspoken
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
The Talos Principle
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod
Pokemon GO
Half-Life: Opposing Force
The Stanley Parable
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
SWAT 4
Lucky's Tale
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
F.E.A.R. 3
Payday 2
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Tabletop Simulator
Primal Carnage: Extinction
Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (Days of Ruin)
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Broforce
Ninja Town
Fire Emblem
Windlands
Arma 3
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Holopoint
Demon’s Souls
Beyond Good & Evil
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Game Dev Story
Prey: Mooncrash
Torchlight
Dead Space 2
Chronos
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Teleglitch
Worms 3D
Shadow of the Colossus
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Eldritch
Brigador
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Bloodborne
ENSLAVED: Oddyssey to the West
Osmos
One Finger Death Punch
Final Fantasy VIII
Audiosurf
Human: Fall Flat
Pokemon Gold
Dungeon Keeper
Chrono Trigger
Tower of Guns
FTL: Faster Than Light
The Solus Project
Ripcoil
Darksiders
Scribblenauts
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Resident Evil 4
Titan Souls
Natural Selection 2
Yooka-Laylee
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Undertale
Battlefield 1942
Mark of the Ninja
Robo Recall
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Command & Conquer: Tiberain Sun
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Overcooked
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
Into the Breach
Medabots
Worms 3D
Nidhogg
House of the Dying Sun
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep
Ridiculous Fishing
Golden Sun
Primal Carnage
Eidolon
Revenge of the Titans
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Edge of Nowhere
Half-Life: Blue Shift
Insurgency
Super Smash Bros.
Prince of Persia (2008)
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Battlefield 4
Kingdom Hearts
HOARD
Inside
Metro 2033
Pony Island
I Expect You To Die
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Thirty Flights of Loving
The Darkness II
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Sonic 3
The Witcher
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
Dishonored 2
Deadlight
TwitchPlaysPokemon
Super Mario Land
Grow Up
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Garry’s Mod
ADR1FT
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
Gone Home
SpaceChem
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Canvas Curse)
Dead Space
The Beginner's Guide
Banjo-Kazooie
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Metro: Last Light
Ace Combat Assault Horizon
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
E.V.O. Search for Eden
Max Payne 3
Rec Room
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Heat Signature
World of Goo
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
Trax (Totsugeki! Ponkotsu Tank)
Command & Conquer: Generals
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Vanquish
Minecraft
Final Fantasy XV
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Tetris
Banjo-Tooie
ABZÛ
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Vanquish
Cave Story
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
Mass Effect 3
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Half-Life
Evolve
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Killing Floor 2
Super Mario Galaxy
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
The Walking Dead: Season Two
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Zombie Driver
Just Cause 2
Minit
Mario Kart 64
Fugue in Void
NieR: Automata
Sonic and Knuckles
DayZ
Prey (2017)
Crysis 3
Poker Night at the Inventory
Pokemon Ruby
Tokyo 42
Left 4 Dead 2
Resident Evil 6
MORDHAU
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Titanfall 2
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Zeno Clash
Onward
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
Rocket League
Hotline Miami
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Guild Wars
Zoo Tycoon
Nine Parchments
Magicka: Wizard Wars
Kingdom Hearts III
Brink
Valkyria Chronicles
Tomb Raider Underworld
Antichamber
Crysis Warhead
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
DarkMaus
Shadow of the Colossus
Crysis 2
Final Fantasy IV
Turok: Evolution
Quake III Arena
Quake Live
Capsized
Unreal Tournament 2004
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
The Last Guardian
Company of Heroes
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Dear Esther
Space Engineers
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Grow Home
FORM
SimCity 3000
Team Fortress 2
Max Payne
Hitman: Contracts
The Climb
BlazeRush
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Bastion
Subnautica
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Robinson: The Journey
Hitman: Blood Money
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
The Last of Us
Age of Mythology
Arma 2
Land's End
Final Fantasy XIII
Apex Construct
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Jazz Jackrabbit
Ultimate Chicken Horse
Freelancer
Doom 3
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Hitman: Absolution
Warzone 2100
SimCity 4
PlanetSide 2
Portal
Super Meat Boy
Halo: Combat Evolved
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Lone Echo
Jamestown
Budget Cuts
Eagle Flight
Euclidean
FEZ
Hollow Knight
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Lylat Wars (Star Fox 64)
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Fallout 3
Refunct
Hammerwatch
Accounting+
Okami
Dark Souls III
Counter-Strike
Luftrausers
Pokemon Stadium 2
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Furi
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Trine
Monument Valley
Goldeneye 007
Dungeon Keeper 2
God of War
Final Fantasy VII
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Raptor Valley
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Dead Space 3
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Worms 2
Yoshi’s Story
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Crysis
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
BattleBlock Theater
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Spec Ops: The Line
Don't Starve Together
Gravity Rush 2
Mirror’s Edge
Diddy Kong Racing
The World Ends With You
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Transformers
Kerbal Space Program
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Alan Wake
Homeworld Remastered
Proteus
Katana Zero
Virtual Virtual Reality
Gato Roboto
From Dust
Batman: Arkham Asylum
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
Kairo
Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming
Gravity Rush
Journey
Tomb Raider (2013)
Hawken
Mario Kart DS
Haven: Call of the King
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Killzone 2
Lemma
Duck Game
The Forest
Overgrowth
Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
Alice: Madness Returns
Jurassic Park
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate
Battlefield 2
Pyre
Shattered Horizon
Technolust
The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed