About me
Me

Hi, my name is Joeri van der Velden, I've been around for 30 years so far. Professional game developer by trade. Living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Doing freelance work 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.

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 games for PC, mobile and virtual reality.

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.

Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Fantastic Contraption
Metroid Prime Hunters
Mario Kart 64
Technolust
Hitman: Contracts
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Clustertruck
PlanetSide 2
The Signal From Tölva
Pokemon Diamond
Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Canvas Curse)
Into the Breach
Hammerwatch
Primal Carnage: Extinction
MORDHAU
Diddy Kong Racing
Age of Mythology
To the Moon
A Short Hike
Kingdom Hearts II
Magicka: Wizard Wars
Freelancer
Time Machine VR
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
The Darkness II
Budget Cuts
Gunpoint
Hitman: Codename 47
Sonic and Knuckles
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Prey (2017)
Nioh: Complete Edition
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Hitman: Blood Money
Wolfenstein: The New Order
Arma 3
Job Simulator
HOARD
Prey: Mooncrash
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Yoshi’s Story
Apex Construct
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
RAGE
BioShock
ENSLAVED: Oddyssey to the West
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
Overcooked
Settlers 4
Hawken
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
Transistor
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Golden Sun
Tomb Raider Underworld
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Dead Space 2
Portal
Pyre
Luftrausers
Company of Heroes
Lunar Flight
Brigador
Jade Empire
Counter-Strike: Source
Guacamelee!
Hitman: Absolution
Audiosurf
Brink
BioShock Infinite
Mirror’s Edge
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Alice: Madness Returns
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Super Mario Land
Scribblenauts
BlazeRush
Quake III Arena
The Last of Us
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Broforce
Ninja Town
GunZ: The Duel
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Warzone 2100
Kirby’s Dream Land 2
Euclidean
Duck Season
Painkiller
Inside
Apex Legends
Titanfall 2
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Command & Conquer: Tiberain Sun
Half-Life: Opposing Force
Nine Parchments
Jazz Jackrabbit
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Deadbolt
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Magicka
Human: Fall Flat
Minit
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Grow Home
Mark of the Ninja
The Sims
Command & Conquer: Generals
Grand Theft Auto IV
Half-Life 2
Battlefield 1
VVVVVV
Dead Space
Call of Duty 2
From Dust
Lylat Wars (Star Fox 64)
Nidhogg
Left 4 Dead 2
Final Fantasy XIII
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Bastion
Gone Home
Mass Effect 3
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
The Talos Principle
Mario Kart DS
Quake Live
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Battlefield 4
Zeno Clash
Kingdom Hearts III
Deltarune (chapter 1)
Pony Island
Resident Evil 4
Yooka-Laylee
Medabots
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
New Super Mario Bros.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Pokemon GO
Subnautica
Ripcoil
Primal Carnage
The Unspoken
Dungeon Keeper
Dark Souls III
The Witness
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Osmos
The Stanley Parable
Guild Wars
Alan Wake
Metro: Last Light
Fallout 3
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
FTL: Faster Than Light
Lone Echo
Furi
Tomb Raider (2013)
Holopoint
Portal 2
Super Meat Boy
Ultimate Chicken Horse
F.E.A.R.
Wanderlust: Rebirth
Metro 2033
The Last Guardian
Killing Floor
DayZ
The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
Vanquish
Mercenary Kings
God of War
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Thirty Flights of Loving
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Vanquish
Far Cry 3
Wargames
Peter Jackson’s King Kong
Teleglitch
Windlands
Trax (Totsugeki! Ponkotsu Tank)
Crysis
Final Fantasy VIII
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
Rez Infinite
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Worms 2
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep
Homeworld 2 Remastered
The Walking Dead
E.V.O. Search for Eden
Frozen Synapse
Battlefield 2
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Prince of Persia (2008)
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Dishonored 2
TechnoMage
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
DarkMaus
Virtual Virtual Reality
Dead Space 3
Eagle Flight
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
The Darkness
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Onward
Settlers 3
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Max Payne
Tabletop Simulator
Risk of Rain
Cave Story
Crysis Warhead
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Project Reality
Half-Life: Blue Shift
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
BattleBlock Theater
Gravity Rush
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Prey
SUPERHOT
House of the Dying Sun
Demon’s Souls
Battlefield 3
Lone Survivor
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Mount Your Friends
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Transformers
Antichamber
The Swapper
Dungeon Keeper 2
Worms 3D
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Rocket League
Ace Combat Assault Horizon
Jurassic Park
Deus Ex
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod
The Solus Project
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Tower of Guns
Shadow Warrior
DOOM (2016)
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Killzone 2
Lucky's Tale
The Beginner's Guide
Battlefield 1942
Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
Crysis 3
Hotline Miami
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube
Mass Effect
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Doom 3
Arma 2
Payday 2
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Kairo
Titan Souls
Max Payne 3
SUPERHOT VR
Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Kingdom Hearts
The Walking Dead: Season Two
I Expect You To Die
SimCity 4
Banjo-Tooie
Shelter
Space Engineers
Crysis 2
Proteus
Lemma
Raptor Valley
Overgrowth
Robinson: The Journey
Resident Evil 5
Halo: Combat Evolved
Robo Recall
Hollow Knight
Evolve
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Minecraft
Garry’s Mod
Vader Immortal
The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone
Super Mario 64
Banjo-Kazooie
Broken Age
Pokemon Gold
TwitchPlaysPokemon
Surgeon Simulator 2013
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
Tetris
Killing Floor 2
Revenge of the Titans
Magicka 2
ICO
Eidolon
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Gravity Rush 2
FEZ
Beyond Good & Evil
Portal Stories: Mel
Trine
Monument Valley
Accounting+
The World Ends With You
Pokemon Ruby
Pokemon Red
Shadow Warrior 2
Terraria
Evil Genius
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
Valkyria Chronicles
West of Loathing
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Lunar Knights
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
SpaceChem
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Half-Life
Firewatch
F.E.A.R. 3
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Zoo Tycoon
Hyper Light Drifter
Okami
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Baba Is You
Poker Night at the Inventory
Grow Up
Spec Ops: The Line
Receiver
Path of Exile
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
Rec Room
Fire Emblem
Dear Esther
World of Goo
Natural Selection 2
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
FORM
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
SWAT 4
Undertale
Counter-Strike
Insurgency
Snakebird
Shattered Horizon
Game Dev Story
Chrono Trigger
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Team Fortress 2
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
Orion: Dino Horde
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Shadow of the Colossus
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Dragon Age: Origins
Haven: Call of the King
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Rise of the Tomb Raider
ABZÛ
Chronos
Zombie Driver
SimCity 3000
Bloodborne
Goldeneye 007
Refunct
Psychonauts
Final Fantasy IV
Just Cause 2
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
Homeworld Remastered
Shadow of the Colossus
Unreal Tournament 2004
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
The Climb
Final Fantasy XV
Edge of Nowhere
Jamestown
Turok: Evolution
ADR1FT
Dishonored
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
The Witcher 2
Overwatch
Sonic 3
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Torchlight
Feral Rites
Don't Starve Together
One Finger Death Punch
Ridiculous Fishing
Fugue in Void
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Dungeon Defenders
The Wolf Among Us
Resident Evil 6
Heat Signature
Kerbal Space Program
Left 4 Dead
The Forest
Land's End
Final Fantasy VII
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Audioshield
Mass Effect 2
Thomas Was Alone
Pokemon Stadium 2
Elite Dangerous
Eldritch
Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (Days of Ruin)
Deadlight
Space Pirate Trainer
Call of Duty: World at War
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Witcher
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
LIMBO
Far Cry
Duck Game
Super Smash Bros.
Capsized
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
NieR: Automata
Horizon Zero Dawn
Worms 3D
The Long Dark
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
Braid
Super Mario Galaxy
Darksiders
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Journey
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories