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Wasteland Re-Review
Reviewed by Jacey on 3rd September 2009


90/100
Overall Rating 90/100
Wasteland Re-Review
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Summary
Those of you who are into the BDSM scene will undoubtedly have heard of Wasteland - it is, quite simply, the most comprehensive collection of fetish material available on the web. I’m not just talking photos and movies here, although there are plenty of those - Wasteland is a one-stop shop for anyone into the lifestyle, where you can mix with like-minded people, find yourself a play date, and learn just how to rope your new acquisition into the perfect body harness, alongside picking up your weekly dose of bondage porn... a BDSM supermarket, if you will! We first reviewed the site back in 2006, and as you would imagine, things have only gotten better! So, don your kinky boots, put your feet up on your favourite slave, and let’s get to it...


Ratings

Content Quality

8/10

Overall Quality

9/10

Exclusivity

8/10

Updates

9/10

Design/Nav

8/10

Value for money

10/10

Speed

9/10

Member Support

9/10

Personality

10/10

Reviewers Slant

10/10
90/100
Overall Rating 90/100
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General
When I first looked at this site (in a professional capacity, that is - the first time I actually looked at this site was quite a while ago!), I was pretty gobsmacked at the choice I was faced with - indeed, I had absolutely no idea how I was going to get through it all in order to write even a half decent review! Aside from the various photo and movie sections (of which there are 16!), you get access to interactive features, like the Wasteland community, forum, live chat and personal ads, plus BDSM club guides (Torture Garden here we come!), professional guides and pictorials, contests, give-aways, scene profiles, stories and interviews, not to mention shopping for all the new BDSM gear you’re going to need... I can guarantee that you are going to be on here for hours when you first log in, so make sure you set aside a bit of time to familiarise yourself, and make good use of the Wasteland orientation guide that they’ve helpfully provided!!

Content
The actual content on Wasteland is pretty easy to find, although it can be a little awkward to sift through! From the homepage, you can choose to view the site’s latest updates, or you can head straight for the movies and photos. The content you’ll want to view first is the Wasteland original stuff, which is exclusive to the site, and shot by them - it features plenty of scenes across a huge variety of BDSM niches, from light bondage though to heavy, hardcore scenarios, incorporating ropes, power play and role reversal, CBT and nipple torture, male and female domination, electro play and various torture devices, spanking, watersports, enforced orgasms, and plenty more besides! There are also other sections on the site, including the ‘Into The Mist’ TV series, an S&M based soap opera(!), two different streaming movie libraries, a movie vault, Japanese Shibari movies, Hentai movies and a gaming arcade. For those of you who are into something a little kinkier than your standard fare, the photo section contains the Dark Garden photo gallery, in which you’ll find such delights as bizarre insertions, extreme fisting, needle and medical play, speculums and catheters, and indeed, for those of you without a gag reflex, golden showers and scat... yummy!

Videos
It’s actually pretty hard to count the amount of movies on Wasteland, but suffice to say there are hundreds, and they go all the way back to the 1990s, when the site was born. With this in mind, obviously some of the quality is a little shaky; however, all of the newer movies are available in a multitude of formats, up to a whopping 1280x720px. You can stream the movies with Flash player, or download them in WMV & MP4 in HD, or standard WMV. They can also be downloaded in iPod format, and in a zip file, to make speeds a little quicker. Many of the larger movies are split into parts, although download speeds are pretty fast anyway, so a full length version maybe wouldn’t go amiss for those of you on faster connections. As I’ve mentioned, the quality of the movies does vary, especially the older ones - some are also missing preview images, which is a bit of a shame, although it will likely take you some time to get that far back in the archives, so I wouldn’t worry too much!

Pictures
The site proclaims that there are over 1,000,000 images available to peruse here, and after taking a look around, I’m inclined to believe them! As with the videos, image quality varies quite a lot, depending on how old the photos are, and what section of the site they’re in. The best quality photos are in the Wasteland Original section, and are available in a resolution of up to 1000x1500. You can also download these photos in zip sets, but only when you access them via their corresponding movies, which is a bit strange. The photos in other sections don’t appear to be available to download in zips, and there isn’t a slideshow feature anywhere at present. It would be nice to see a little more consistency here, but these points aside, there’s enough BDSM and fetish photography on Wasteland to keep the Marquis de Sade happy for about the next decade, so fans of the niche will be more than happy whiling away the hours here, I’m sure!

Updates
The site is updated with several photosets and movies once a week. There’s a detailed ‘What’s New’ section here, which ensures that you’re not missing out on anything!




Picture Features

Quantity: 1,000,000+
Picture Size: Up to 1000x1500
Searchable: No
ZIP Downloads:
Picture Slideshows:
Updates: Weekly



Video Features

Quantity: Approx 500 + streams
Formats: MPEG, WMV/ASF, Quicktime/MOV, Flash
Video Size: Up to 1280x720
Clip Duration: Varies
Downloadable: Yes
Preview Thumbs: Some
Video DRM:
IPod/PSP Videos:
Updates: Weekly



General Features

Member Support: Comprehensive
Movie Support: Yes
Join Option: Credit Card, Online Check, Telephone, Mail In Check/Cash, Fax
Join Fees: $3.86 for 2 days, $34.95 for 1 month, $74.95 for 3 months, 134.95 for 6 months, $174.95 for 1 year
Cancellation Links: In support section