Welcome back! I moved this to Paintball Talk because while it may be news to you, it isn't really for everyone else.
Paintball videos have evolved. People don't buy DVD's but the free and paywall videos are actually really good. Check out The Impact Series for an idea: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...lsG_cCwPSMDA3C
.50 caliber exists as an alternative, but the balls don't go as far and don't break as easily. However, they should hurt less. So you'd be at a big disadvantage if you played .50 cal vs .68.
Paintball markers for the most part have gotten more reliable, lighter and break less paint.
Playing different kinds of paintball is once again cool. Pump, mag-fed and competitive woodsball all have their place and many players don't play just one kind of paintball.
Scenarios are more accepted too. It's also pretty common for "tournament" players to play a couple Scenarios events a year just because they are so much fun. Big Scenarios get as much or more "press" than most tournaments. Events like Living Legends and Decay of Nations are staples of the paintball scene.
PSP won over NPPL. That means the "standard" tournament format in the States is 5-man on an X-ball field at 12.5 BPS ramping.
PSP pro events now have relegation and promotion for the top division every event, so if a pro team places 9th or 10th, then they have to play a division down until they place 1st or 2nd.
Dynasty is still a top team, but they've hit a rough patch and just got relegated for World Cup.
Paintball magazines have all gone away.
What else people?