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.

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