About me
Me

Hi, my name is Joeri van der Velden, I've been around for 28 years so far. Game developer by trade. Living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I'm currently employed at Vertigo Games and doing freelance jobs 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. 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, from serious games to full-fledged VR games.

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.

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