About me
Me

Hi, my name is Joeri van der Velden, I've been around for 30 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.

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