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MTV Games and Harmonix Tap Z Corporation to Create Real-World Rock Stars for Rock Band 2

October 7, 2008

BURLINGTON, Mass., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ — Z Corporation today announced it is working with Harmonix and MTV Games to transform Rock Band(TM) 2 players’ electronic alter egos into real-world 3D rock star figurines called “Bandmates.”

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Players of Rock Band 2, the second edition of one of the world’s most popular video games, can visit http://www.rockband.com/ and order five-to-six-inch-high 3D physical models of their in-game Rock Band avatar creations that reflect players’ animated digital rock persona, style and musical instrument.

   Highlights:    -- Z Corporation 3D printing technology is the key to bringing Rock Band      digital avatars into the third, physical dimension.    -- Bandmates are available today at http://www.rockband.com/ for $69.    -- Players can select from a variety of poses.     What partners say  

“The Rock Band figurines are astonishing. Giving players the opportunity to create models that reflect their very own rock star personas is an incredible way to extend the Rock Band experience. They’re colorful, accurate, and seemingly ready to rock the stage. We are pleased with how Z Corporation’s 3D printing technology has delivered an impressive level of quality and accuracy.”

   Greg LoPicollo   Vice President of Product Development   Harmonix    What Z Corporation says  

“Rock Band allows players to bring their Rock ‘n Roll dreams to life. Now they can bring their Rock Band characters to life as well. That’s where we come in. We’ve done this for product designers, and we’ve done this for architects. Now we are honored to do it for Rock ‘n Roll.”

   John M. Kawola   CEO   Z Corporation     -- Full release text   -- How Bandmates are Born   -- Click here for video   -- Stream podcast     About Rock Band  

Rock Band is a platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music like never before. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune — all while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. Built on an unprecedented partnership with artists, record labels and music publishers, the music featured in Rock Band spans the full range of rock music and includes original master recordings from the greatest songs and artists of all time. For more information, visit http://www.rockband.com/.

About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.

Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, Mass., and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded by Alex Rigopulos and Eran Egozy, who formed the company to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and have pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit: http://www.harmonixmusic.com/.

About Z Corporation

Z Corporation makes products that enable users to capture, edit, and print 3D data with unprecedented speed, ease, versatility and affordability. These products include the world’s fastest high-definition 3D printers — machines that produce physical 3D models from digital data in full color — and uniquely portable 3D scanners — handheld machines that digitize 3D surfaces in real time. Z Corp. technology is enabling a wide range of applications in manufacturing, architecture, civil engineering, reverse engineering, geographic information systems (GIS), medicine and entertainment. For the latest news and information from Z Corp., visit http://www.zcorp.com/.

   CONTACT: JULIE REECE         ED MARSHALL   Z CORPORATION                BEAUPRE & CO. PUBLIC RELATIONS   +1 781-852-5058              + 1 603-559-5816   JREECE@ZCORP.COM             EMARSHALL@BEAUPRE.COM   http://www.zcorp.com/         http://www.beaupre.com/  

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Z Corporation

Contact: Julie Reece of Z Corporation, +1-781-852-5058,jreece@zcorp.com; or Ed Marshall of Beaupre & Co. Public Relations,+1-603-559-5816, emarshall@Beaupre.com, for Z Corporation

Web site: http://www.zcorp.com/http://www.rockband.com/http://www.harmonixmusic.com/




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