Striving for excellence and taking sweet screenshots.
is a Bungie.net group that knows what they like. They like screenshots. And they're damn good at showing them off. If you want to see what else they have to show you, check out what they have to say for themselves:
"Dozens of groups are made here on Bungie.net every single day with one sole purpose in mind; to create the largest, most enjoyable group out there. Most of these groups are made to let users share their screenshots and Halo-related content with other users. The groups normally fill quite quickly with the right leader, and before you know it, you have a monumental screenshot group with hundreds of members. But, with monumental groups come monumental problems. Nearly all members coming into a group have one sole purpose; to post all of their content to other users in the hopes that they become the next Predator, their hopes filled with coveted Recon and friends lists full of Bungie workers. After a staggering amount of threads are made, with little or no replies, the members get frustrated and leave the group for other groups, or, in some cases, make their own group. This is generally what happens with screenshot groups; it is almost inevitable.
But then, there are the groups who persevere.
We are Aberrant Designs. Originally founded and built by CAUS7IC (an elite Photoshopper and dedicated group leader) for elite screenshot artisans and Photoshoppers, Aberrant Designs has become one of the most active groups on Bungie.net.
We don't have a staggering amount of members. But we do have talent. Our members excel in a wide range of different professions; from screenshots to 3D modeling, Photoshop to video producing, and much, much more. We provide regular contests, not all pertaining to screenshots, as well as a few tutorials on how to improve various screenshot and Photoshop methods. The community is extremely friendly, and are willing to give constructive criticism and compliments at any given time.
Aberrant Designs' point system is something we take pride in, too. One of the most organized ranking systems for a group on Bungie.net, our points system allows members to collect points needed to rank up by winning contests, creating a wallpaper, having content published, etc. Once they have enough points to rank up, they will be promoted to one of almost a dozen different ranks, some ranks not even attained by members yet.
As well as an organized ranking system, Aberrant Designs also has an organized "roll call". Every month or so, members will be required to address their presence in the roll call thread. Members who do not participate, or who do not have a leave of absence or legitimate reason for not participating, shall be kicked from the group. Threads are also organized into various categories to keep the forum nice and neat.
We are Aberrant Designs. We strive for excellence, and we hope that you too may join us one day in our mission for excellence."
Q. What are Aberrant Designs' favorite maps?
A. Since we are dominantly a screenshot group, we split this into two different parts: favorite maps for screenshots and favorite maps for playing. Our favorites for taking screenshots are Avalanche, Ghost Town, Sandbox, and Floodgate. All those maps have several areas that provide great backgrounds and lighting giving us numerous possibilities for effects. Our favorites for things like customs and Matchmaking are Valhalla, The Pit, Sandbox variants, Standoff, and Guardian.
Q. What about Gametypes?
A. A lot of us enjoy playing Slayer, Capture the Flag, and Infection. Team BRs is the dominant slayer gametype that we play. As for CTF, we enjoy a combination of 2 Flag and 1 Sided Flag but mainly 2 Flag. Infection is the only one where we don't have a particular gametype that we enjoy to play the most.
Q. What would you like to see in Matchmaking that isn't there right now?
A. There were four things that most of our group wanted to see implemented into Matchmaking. The most common thing we came up with was a BRs only playlist or gametype. No grenades, no power ups, no equipment. Just you, your BR, and a bunch of guys to shoot at. Another thing mentioned a lot was better user-created content, rather than more user-created content. Third was a return of Rocket Race or a revised form of Rocket Race as a full-time playlist. We greatly enjoy playing it but would also like to see things like a Brute Shot version of RR or a racing gametype like from Halotracks to add variety to the playlist. The last thing we wish to have added is a full-time Infection playlist.
Unfortunately, our full allocation of time for Aberrant Designs' week one spotlight is all used up. If you want to learn more, make sure you visit their group home and check out all the content they have on offer for their first round of Bungie Favorites