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.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Space Pirate Trainer
Revenge of the Titans
GunZ: The Duel
Crysis Warhead
Hitman: Codename 47
The Sims
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming
Grow Up
Antichamber
VVVVVV
Hotline Miami
Totsugeki! Ponkotsu Tank
Orion: Dino Horde
Final Fantasy IV
Pokemon Stadium 2
Jazz Jackrabbit
Pokemon Red
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Pokemon Diamond
Portal
Lylat Wars (Star Fox 64)
Shelter
Call of Duty: World at War
Left 4 Dead 2
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Hitman: Absolution
Dishonored
Call of Duty 2
SpaceChem
Battlefield 1942
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Primal Carnage: Extinction
Luftrausers
Lunar Knights
Jade Empire
Spec Ops: The Line
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
Killzone 2
Portal 2
Wargames
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Jurassic Park
Monument Valley
Homeworld Remastered
Unreal Tournament 2004
Rec Room
Demon’s Souls
The Talos Principle
Half-Life: Blue Shift
Inside
Mass Effect 2
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
Counter-Strike
Kingdom Hearts II
Magicka 2
The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone
Project Reality
Time Machine VR
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Hammerwatch
Insurgency
Medabots
Dead Space 2
Gunpoint
Beyond Good & Evil
Fallout 3
Gone Home
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Warzone 2100
Diddy Kong Racing
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
Mark of the Ninja
Super Meat Boy
Lunar Flight
Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Canvas Curse)
Cave Story
Metroid Prime Hunters
Guild Wars
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep
Space Engineers
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod
The Wolf Among Us
Dark Souls III
Mario Kart DS
Ripcoil
Fantastic Contraption
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Broforce
Tower of Guns
Crysis 3
Furi
Psychonauts
Dear Esther
Surgeon Simulator 2013
The Solus Project
HOARD
Dungeon Keeper
Battlefield 2
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Evil Genius
Human: Fall Flat
Shadow Warrior
BlazeRush
Vanquish
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Duck Game
Arma 2
Kingdom Hearts
Euclidean
DOOM (2016)
Mount Your Friends
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Painkiller
Deus Ex
To the Moon
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Valkyria Chronicles
Lucky's Tale
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
Rez Infinite
Half-Life
One Finger Death Punch
Worms 3D
The Swapper
Prince of Persia (2008)
Mass Effect 3
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
Hitman: Blood Money
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
BioShock
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel
Tabletop Simulator
New Super Mario Bros.
Firewatch
FTL: Faster Than Light
Chronos
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Half-Life: Opposing Force
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Poker Night at the Inventory
PlanetSide 2
FEZ
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
Edge of Nowhere
Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (Days of Ruin)
Natural Selection 2
F.E.A.R. 3
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Yoshi’s Story
Dishonored 2
Proteus
House of the Dying Sun
Guacamelee!
Feral Rites
FORM
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Garry’s Mod
Audiosurf
Turok: Evolution
Lemma
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Chrono Trigger
TechnoMage
Robinson: The Journey
Killing Floor 2
Super Mario Land
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
The Unspoken
Pokemon Ruby
Transistor
Tetris
Arma 3
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Fire Emblem
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Shadow of the Colossus
Osmos
Battlefield 4
Halo: Combat Evolved
Kairo
Alice: Madness Returns
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Nidhogg
Age of Mythology
Braid
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Grand Theft Auto IV
Pokemon Gold
Settlers 4
The World Ends With You
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Job Simulator
Dungeon Defenders
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
The Darkness II
Windlands
Magicka: Wizard Wars
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Eldritch
Transformers
Half-Life 2
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Battlefield 3
Overgrowth
Thomas Was Alone
BioShock Infinite
Battlefield 1
Hyper Light Drifter
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube
Mercenary Kings
ADR1FT
Prey: Mooncrash
LIMBO
Counter-Strike: Source
Brigador
Command & Conquer: Tiberain Sun
Wanderlust: Rebirth
The Witcher 2
TwitchPlaysPokemon
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Peter Jackson’s King Kong
ICO
Quake Live
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
I Expect You To Die
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Crysis
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Ultimate Chicken Horse
Mirror’s Edge
Hollow Knight
Worms 2
Quake III Arena
Ridiculous Fishing
Into the Breach
Robo Recall
Technolust
The Walking Dead
The Last of Us
Receiver
Metro: Last Light
Vanquish
World of Goo
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
SimCity 3000
Subnautica
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Undertale
Command & Conquer: Generals
Frozen Synapse
Broken Age
Company of Heroes
The Darkness
Hawken
Far Cry
From Dust
Dead Space 3
Sonic 3
Yooka-Laylee
Portal Stories: Mel
Overwatch
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Haven: Call of the King
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Mass Effect
Raptor Valley
SimCity 4
Max Payne
Freelancer
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Homeworld 2 Remastered
Shadow Warrior 2
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Onward
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Duck Season
Banjo-Tooie
The Beginner's Guide
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
Far Cry 3
Terraria
Super Mario 64
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
F.E.A.R.
Tomb Raider Underworld
Rocket League
Evolve
Game Dev Story
The Signal From Tölva
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Journey
Lone Survivor
The Climb
NieR: Automata
SWAT 4
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Torchlight
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Overcooked
Trine
Max Payne 3
Zoo Tycoon
Deadlight
Deadbolt
Elite Dangerous
Super Smash Bros.
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Capsized
Grow Home
Team Fortress 2
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
Settlers 3
Crysis 2
Resident Evil 6
Resident Evil 4
Goldeneye 007
Final Fantasy XV
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Don't Starve Together
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Refunct
Gravity Rush
Shattered Horizon
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Eagle Flight
Doom 3
Bloodborne
Thirty Flights of Loving
Horizon Zero Dawn
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate
The Long Dark
The Stanley Parable
RAGE
Titan Souls
Prey
Tomb Raider (2013)
Kirby’s Dream Land 2
Primal Carnage
E.V.O. Search for Eden
Just Cause 2
The Forest
Dragon Age: Origins
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Path of Exile
Teleglitch
Holopoint
SUPERHOT VR
Worms 3D
Shadow of the Colossus
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Jamestown
Metro 2033
Darksiders
Sonic and Knuckles
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Final Fantasy XIII
Brink
Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
Lone Echo
Pony Island
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Gravity Rush 2
SUPERHOT
Snakebird
Dead Space
Zombie Driver
Risk of Rain
Ninja Town
Alan Wake
ABZÛ
Prey (2017)
Zeno Clash
DayZ
Eidolon
Okami
The Last Guardian
ENSLAVED: Oddyssey to the West
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bastion
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Clustertruck
Golden Sun
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
BattleBlock Theater
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Titanfall 2
Super Mario Galaxy
Kerbal Space Program
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Final Fantasy VIII
DarkMaus
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
Magicka
Dungeon Keeper 2
Payday 2
Mario Kart 64
Scribblenauts
Banjo-Kazooie
Killing Floor
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Resident Evil 5
Minecraft
Ace Combat Assault Horizon
Hitman: Contracts
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
The Walking Dead: Season Two
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
Pokemon GO
The Witcher
The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed
The Witness
Nine Parchments
Left 4 Dead
Final Fantasy VII
Audioshield