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.

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