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.

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