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This week’s free game: ‘Wasteland’

Are you a gamer? Do you like free things? Of course you do!

We here at the Tech Deck are just like you: poor gamers looking for cheap entertainment. And nothing's cheaper than cost-free gaming. Each week, we'll bring you a title (or two or three) you can legally play at home without plopping down a single dollar. If you see games you think we should be featuring on the blog, email us at dang@spokesman.com or kiph@spokesman.com.

Do you like "Fallout"? Thrilled by the idea of discovering another irradiated hellscape populated by monsters, thieves and psychopath? Don't mind old-school RPG mechanics? Well, then, Interplay's Wasteland may be just the game for you. It's available for free from the folks over at Internet Archive, and can be run in your browser. The save function doesn't work, however, which means you'll probably want to keep the game open while you progress.

Screenshot of post-apocalyptic game "Wasteland"
Click here to play 'Wasteland' in your browser, for free! (Image from Wikipedia)

Wasteland popularizes several mechanics that would become staples of the RPG genre in ensuing years. The 1988 title allowed party sizes up to seven characters and used a skill system, popular in tabletop games, to determine which characters could complete certain tasks, like lockpicking or charming a non-playable character. All of these features would appear in Interplay's follow-up game, Fallout, released almost a decade later and would become a more commercially successful series.

Go inside the blog to learn more about Interplay and the sequel to this title, Wasteland 2, released just last year.

Dangerous times? I’ve got your…

…dangerous times right here.

Critiques of this 1950 volume suggest the title's claim was a bit of a stretch.  

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Dangerous times are not a new thing

Watched a bit of 1964's "Fail-Safe" early Saturday night on TCM.

Don't suppose I'm the only one slightly amazed that we survived that era.

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