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.

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