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.

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