Stardew Valley on the Switch proves the importance of "the magic circle"
The game’s introduction generates a calming buildup to play. There’s a bit of magic that happens as the overture gets into full swing, and you see the familiar and charming logos of the game’s creators and publisher. The pixelated valley then sweeps across the screen.
The game’s logo then slowly descends from the top of the screen, coming to a gentle halt that reveals the menu. You’re already in the embrace of Stardew Valley before you even begin to play.
All of these sights and sounds do an incredible job of pulling you into the game’s “magic circle.”