Wasteland is considered an area of land that is uninhabitable to humans. The hostile area is usually created as a result of war or some natural disaster that leaves the area in complete ruins and lacking the basic things needed to support life.
In video games, we see wastelands referred to often in post apocalyptic games. Nuclear war will have devastated the land and the player needs to try and survive. The Fallout franchise is one of the most famous games taking place in a wasteland setting.