What it took other people two chips to do, Woz did in one. That was not only fiscally prudent, but a sort of technical machismo reminiscent of the code-bumming of TMRC days, when Samson, Saunders, and Kotok would attempt to whittle a subroutine down to the fewest instructions. Wozniak later explained why the board used so few chips: "I'm into it for esthetic purposes ... If [it's] considered a good job using six instructions, I try it in five or three, or two if I want to win [big]. ... The discoveries did increase my motivation because I would have something to show off and I hoped that other people would see them and say, 'Thank God, that's how I would want to do it,' and that's what I got from the Homebrew Club."
When someone brought a computer to a Homebrew meeting that had video included, he knew that his computer would have to have video built in, too. He liked the idea of a computer you could play a videogame on. ... Wozniak was not thinking of building a computer to sell. He was building a computer to have fun with, to show his friends. He would mention what he was doing to his friend Steve Jobs at Atari, who was interested in terminals.