About me
Me

Hi, my name is Joeri van der Velden, I've been around for 29 years so far. Game developer by trade. Living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Currently freelancing in VR development. 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, building serious games and full-fledged VR titles.

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.

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