Artist and games magazine legend Oliver Frey dies aged 74

Oliver Frey and the cover of Crash magazine issue 1
(Image credit: Newsfield/Crash Online)

A generation of 80s kids is in mourning today at the news that Oliver Frey – visual artist, illustrator and one of the main figures behind some of the biggest gaming magazines of the 1980s – has died at the age of 74.

Oli was one of the founders of Crash magazine in 1983, which quickly seized the imaginations of UK gamers, thanks in no small part to his stunning cover illustrations, painted by hand in the days long before Photoshop CC

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.