The year was 1979. I remembering being curious about this device and I wanted one.
COMPUTER PERFECTION was used as a futuristic prop in several films/television shows. I will be verifying these myself via viewing of DVDs.
It appears in the following:
"Ice Pirates" - confirmed
"V the Final Battle" - unconfirmed
"MacGyver" - 2nd Season Premier - confirmed
"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" - Season 2, "Mark
of the Saurian" episode - confirmed
"Firefly" 1st episode - unconfirmed
"Mystery Science Theater 3000" episode unknown - unconfirmed
"Blake's 7" episode unknown - unconfirmed.
"MIB 3" 2012 - confirmed - in display case of store that provides time travel device. This is the only instance I've seen where the game is presented as itself and not as a prop with a different function.
There are claims the list goes as high as thirty-seven DIFFERENT documented prop utilizations in film and television, but the above seven are the only titles I've encountered in my research.
COMPUTER PERFECTION : REINCARNATED, NINE YEARS LATER
In 1988, a small toy company sold a hydroponics kit. Such kits Hokey Pokey in and out of popularity, but have been a significant part of the toy landscape since the "hydroponics as toy" heyday of the 1960s and 70s, so nothing unusual there. A noticeable spike in the 1980s has been attributed to Walt Disney World's installation of The Land Pavilion at EPCOT in 1982, which featured several hydroponic methods.
What is unusual (and what varies most between all kits it seems) is the container in this particular incarnation. If examined closely, it becomes glaringly obvious it is the housing of COMPUTER PERFECTION! While the dome has been cast in a different color plastic, it is a fact that COMPUTER PERFECTION game shells were utilized. I've been advised by a polymer/chemist expert that the blue shells could have been changed into the green shade if the proper catalyst was introduced. It's also possible they simply ditched the blue visors completely and cast their own dome in lime green. Whatever the case, there is no denying it is the exact same in proportions to COMPUTER PERFECTION. My theory is that someone came into a large amount of unused shells and wanted a straightforward way to make a profit. Actually, not a bad idea. The timeless design was so organic in the first place that the transition to hydroponics container was no leap at all.
These photos are of my Computer Perfection. It has its original box, which is rare and is complete with the hard to find instruction booklet. The machine is near mint and in perfect working order. The machine looks good almost anywhere, from Ted Turner's living room to the shelves in Dexter's apartment.