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.

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