Now BioWare re-emerges to the forefront with Dragon Age: Origins. It is described as the "spiritual successor" to Baldur's Gate by BioWare CEO Ray Muzkya, though the game is NOT based on AD&D RPG, or placed on the same fantasy world. Once again, prepare to be irresistibly sucked into the character creation process. The "Origins" referred to in the title has to do with the in-depth history of races, nations, communities, as well as people.
People and places don't just spring into being one day and remain stagnant after that. They developed over time, as will your character. You will not so much build a character as grow one.