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.

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