TEC Virtual Reality Arcades

Marisa Ferrito, right, and her mother Michele Ferrito prepare to enter a virtual reality experience called "Ghostbusters: Dimension" at Madame Tussauds in New York, Aug. 4, 2016. 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/Seth Wenig)

Virtual reality, what's up with that? If you are curious about this highly buzzed high-tech form of entertainment but don't feel like plunking down $1,000 or more on sophisticated hardware, just visit one of a slew of amusement-park-type rides popping up around the world.

These experiences let you shoot aliens while riding a real-life roller coaster, cook a meal with a Japanese heartthrob or cozy up to players and cheerleaders at a baseball game.

One day, home VR systems will likely be common enough to make VR destinations unnecessary, just as video-game arcades are now rare. For now, though, these public attractions offer your best chance at giving you a taste of VR.

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