I'm reading a really good book on the Doom creators from id software, John Romero & John Carmack called Masters of Doom. Other than the cheesy title, this gives some great insight into how two opposites create a company, an image, and a legacy that changed the landscape of gaming.
And brought us an even cheesier movie with The Rock.
I'm going to check out some of Romero's game recommendations... CLOUD looks interesting.