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.

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