TEC Virtual Reality Arcades

In this June 27, 2016 photo, riders put on headsets that give them a 360 degree view of an animation synched with the coaster's movements at The New Revolution, a virtual reality roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. People who are curious about virtual reality but don’t want to plunk down $1,000 or more on hardware are increasingly getting the chance to test out the medium for a price. From roller coaster rides to baseball games, VR can bring a new level of reality or simply detract from it. (AP Photo/Christine Armario)

Christine Armario

At Six Flags theme parks in the U.S., the price of regular admission — roughly $50 — gives you access to a roller coaster redone with virtual reality overlaid on top.

At Magic Mountain near Los Angeles, that means strapping on a Samsung Gear VR headset to battle virtual alien invaders while in real life you're hurtling around a 40-year-old track of twisted steel. You don't steer or aim really, but you can look around the world as your ship blasts aliens in foreign spaceships.

It's a mind-blowing experience that combines a fictional futuristic setting with actual sensations you can get only from having your body tossed around. Check it out: https://youtu.be/d-uKEC1JWDk .

Pro tip: Go around twice, once with the headset on and once without, and decide for yourself which scares you more.

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