Originally Posted by pink-lemonade
You can still get into both the gaming room and the charity ball (although I believe the cost for the ball is $10) if you're not a platinum attendant. It's kind of like the platinum badge is a "collector's edition" - you still get the same content as the regular badge, there's just a few bonus perks (like the t-shirt, quicker lines getting into the con, and admission to the ball without the $10 fee).
Hope that answers your question!
Awesome!! That totally answered my question! Thank you very much!! Now I just need to look into prices for the hotel rooms and get one.