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.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Fire Emblem
Lunar Knights
SpaceChem
Budget Cuts
Worms 3D
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
FEZ
Yoshi’s Story
Super Mario Galaxy
Snakebird
Kirby: Power Paintbrush (Canvas Curse)
Robo Recall
Thomas Was Alone
The Solus Project
Overgrowth
Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance
Yooka-Laylee
Time Machine VR
The Climb
Final Fantasy VII
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
Hollow Knight
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast
Battlefield: Bad Company 2
MORDHAU
Sonic 3
Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
The Witcher 2
Deadlight
Titanfall 2
Frozen Synapse
Alice: Madness Returns
Crysis Warhead
Gone Home
Resident Evil 4
Battlefield 1
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
Gunpoint
Chronos
Settlers 3
Kerbal Space Program
Dead Space 2
Half-Life 2: Episode 2
Braid
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Rings of Fate
Natural Selection 2
West of Loathing
Ripcoil
Mass Effect 3
Ace Combat Assault Horizon
Lylat Wars (Star Fox 64)
World of Goo
Space Engineers
Lucky's Tale
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Feral Rites
Left 4 Dead 2
GunZ: The Duel
Super Meat Boy
Dark Souls III
Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30
Battlefield 3
Elite Dangerous
Dishonored 2
The Signal From Tölva
Horizon Zero Dawn
Portal Stories: Mel
Hawken
Clustertruck
The Unspoken
Technolust
Bloodborne
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Homeworld Remastered
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
Trax (Totsugeki! Ponkotsu Tank)
Hitman: Contracts
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Hitman: Blood Money
Duck Game
Medabots
Apex Construct
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Cave Story
Demon’s Souls
Terraria
Mirror’s Edge
Golden Sun
Tomb Raider Underworld
Inside
Counter-Strike: Source
A Short Hike
Dear Esther
Osmos
Virtual Virtual Reality
Doom 3
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Fantastic Contraption
Titan Souls
Mass Effect 2
Pokemon Diamond
Quake Live
E.V.O. Search for Eden
Overcooked
Nine Parchments
Edge of Nowhere
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Shadow of the Colossus
Monument Valley
Battlefield 2
Half-Life: Blue Shift
Eidolon
Resident Evil 5
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
The Last of Us
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All
Hyper Light Drifter
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Euclidean
Teleglitch
Torchlight
Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide
Jazz Jackrabbit
Firewatch
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Into the Breach
Crysis
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Katana Zero
Prey
The Long Dark
The Talos Principle
Half-Life: Opposing Force
Wargames
SUPERHOT
Arma 3
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Holopoint
Battlefield 4
Path of Exile
Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Final Fantasy VIII
Insurgency
The Wolf Among Us
Grow Up
Wolfenstein: The New Order
VVVVVV
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
New Super Mario Bros.
Crysis 3
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Darkness II
Max Payne 3
Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Just Cause 2 Multiplayer Mod
Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel
Kirby’s Dream Land 2
Tabletop Simulator
Rayman 2: The Great Escape
BioShock Infinite
Evil Genius
Banjo-Tooie
Brigador
Mount Your Friends
Worms 3D
Rez Infinite
Tomb Raider (2013)
Valkyria Chronicles 4
Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Final Mix
Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin
Killing Floor
Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number
Nioh: Complete Edition
Sonic and Knuckles
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Gravity Rush 2
Killzone 2
Prey: Mooncrash
Kingdom Hearts
Brink
Dishonored
Shelter
Dungeon Defenders
Vanquish
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
Spec Ops: The Line
Left 4 Dead
Super Mario Land
Team Fortress 2
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Mercenary Kings
Far Cry
Chrono Trigger
Refunct
Worms 2
Resident Evil 6
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Qbeh-1: The Atlas Cube
Raptor Valley
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Garry’s Mod
Haven: Call of the King
Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale
Dead Space 3
SWAT 4
Dungeon Keeper 2
Quake III Arena
Mass Effect
Accounting+
Hitman 2: Silent Assassin
Super Smash Bros.
Duck Season
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
Final Fantasy XV
Deus Ex
The Witness
Lunar Flight
I Expect You To Die
ENSLAVED: Oddyssey to the West
TwitchPlaysPokemon
Journey
Onward
From Dust
Counter-Strike
Ultimate Chicken Horse
Portal 2
PlanetSide 2
TechnoMage
Pokemon Red
DarkMaus
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
Tokyo 42
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
Evolve
Bastion
Surgeon Simulator 2013
Trine
Age of Mythology
Diddy Kong Racing
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End
One Finger Death Punch
Human: Fall Flat
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Eagle Flight
Hotline Miami
Project Reality
Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin
Killing Floor 2
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
Minit
Transistor
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition
Unreal Tournament 2004
Mario Kart DS
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Painkiller
HOARD
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Banjo-Kazooie
Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
The Darkness
Ridiculous Fishing
Shadow Warrior 2
Broken Age
Settlers 4
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action
Heat Signature
To the Moon
Peter Jackson’s King Kong
Fugue in Void
The Swapper
Alan Wake
Windlands
RAGE
Subnautica
Zoo Tycoon
Valkyria Chronicles
Antichamber
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Luftrausers
Hitman: Absolution
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Witcher
Minecraft
ABZÛ
Tower of Guns
Pyre
Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood
Command & Conquer: Generals
Baba Is You
Robinson: The Journey
Half-Life 2
Metro: Last Light
Dungeon Keeper
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Magicka 2
Advance Wars: Dual Strike
Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
Psychonauts
Proteus
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
The Beginner's Guide
Turok: Evolution
Darksiders
The Sims
Grow Home
Company of Heroes
FORM
Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
Audioshield
Deadbolt
Risk of Rain
Pokemon Stadium 2
Just Cause 2
Shattered Horizon
SimCity 3000
Pokemon Ruby
Rec Room
Shadow of the Colossus
Portal
Furi
Magicka: Wizard Wars
Super Mario 64
Pokemon GO
DayZ
DOOM (2016)
Shadow Warrior
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Audiosurf
Prince of Persia (2008)
Magicka
Land's End
Crysis 2
Broforce
Arma 2
LIMBO
The Gallery - Episode 2: Heart of the Emberstone
Chivalry: Medieval Warfare
The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena
Game Dev Story
Pokemon Gold
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wanderlust: Rebirth
ICO
SimCity 4
BioShock
Overwatch
Apex Legends
Halo: Combat Evolved
Prey (2017)
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Metroid Prime Hunters
Half-Life
Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines
Deltarune (chapter 1)
Call of Duty 2
RollerCoaster Tycoon
Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Job Simulator
Guacamelee!
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Scribblenauts
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Half Minute Hero: The Second Coming
House of the Dying Sun
Metro 2033
Kairo
Final Fantasy IV
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Okami
The Walking Dead
God of War
SUPERHOT VR
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Final Fantasy XIII-2
Legend of Zelda: The Phantom Hourglass
Beyond Good & Evil
F.E.A.R. 3
Undertale
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
Lemma
Advance Wars: Dark Conflict (Days of Ruin)
Tetris
Dead Space
Orion: Dino Horde
Ninja Town
F.E.A.R.
The Forest
Zeno Clash
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
The World Ends With You
Fallout 3
Vader Immortal
Jurassic Park
The Last Guardian
Lone Survivor
Nidhogg
Primal Carnage
Brothers in Arms: Hell’s Highway
BlazeRush
Capsized
Don't Starve Together
Mario Kart 64
Kingdom Hearts III
Receiver
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations
Battlefield 1942
Goldeneye 007
Warzone 2100
Thirty Flights of Loving
ADR1FT
Freelancer
Pony Island
Payday 2
Vanquish
Far Cry 3
Space Pirate Trainer
Poker Night at the Inventory
Zombie Driver
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl
Lone Echo
Call of Duty: World at War
Hitman: Codename 47
Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep
Gravity Rush
Hammerwatch
Homeworld 2 Remastered
Max Payne
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Transformers
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Eldritch
Revenge of the Titans
The Gallery - Episode 1: Call of the Starseed
Final Fantasy XIII
The Stanley Parable
Kingdom Hearts II
Half-Life 2: Episode 1
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Primal Carnage: Extinction
Dragon Age: Origins
NieR: Automata
Jade Empire
Gato Roboto
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Jamestown
Mark of the Ninja
BattleBlock Theater
Command & Conquer: Tiberain Sun
The Walking Dead: Season Two
Guild Wars
Rocket League
FTL: Faster Than Light