I am creating a game using the irrlicht c++ 3D graphics engine port to android platform. The graphics engine is written in c++. I need to be able to load meshes and textures etc from c++ code. My current plan is to place all the game asset files in either the res/raw directory or the assets directory then on startup copy these files to the sdcard so they are accessable from the irrlicht c++ code.
Is this the best way to make the game media files accessable from c++?
There are several ways to do this…they each have their own limitations so I can’t give a good recommendation without knowing more about your situation. Here are some links to discussions with some advice that may help you out:
I can give you more specific suggestions if i knew a) How many resources you needed to access b) The size of the largest resource you will encounter, more specifically, are all of your resources < 1MB in size uncompressed?
In theory, you can pass the InputStream to native C++ code and have it call its methods. You can even implement an istream on top of those. However, I don’t think this is what you’re after.
Keep in mind that asset files in the APK are not stored as, well, files. They’re compressed and archived – an APK is actually a renamed ZIP file. So I’d recommend copying the asset into a data folder from within Java, then passing the filename of that copy to C++.
This, by the way, completely rules out writing to those assets.