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.

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